Worship in spirit and truth

Date: Friday, May 24

ScriptureJohn 4:1-26

Verse: But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. (John 4:23)

Back in the day, one might often hear pastors at a convention talk about “worship wars.” Worship wars referred to conflicts arising in churches around the country over worship styles – and for the most part it was all about music. Are electric guitars OK for use in church? And what about drums? Then came computers and screens, and conversations about movie clips from other than G-rated movies. Churches began to regularly include drama in worship, and secular songs. In hindsight, it makes me smile, but in the midst of it, there were times it felt brutal.

Jesus is invited by the Samaritan woman he meets at Jacob’s well to enter into a similar conversation. Who is right, she asks, those who say it is best to worship in Jerusalem or the ones who say it is best to worship in Samaria? Today the question might be if it is better to worship in a Methodist church or a Presbyterian one, or if somehow the 8:30 service is spiritually superior to the 9:45. Which one is right, Jesus? 

Interestingly, Jesus points not to the worship currently happening, but a day to come when place and style won’t matter. A time when people will worship in spirit and truth. It seems Jesus is far less interested in what our worship looks like, and far more interested in the heart and attitude of the worshipper. 

Prayer: As I come to worship this weekend, O God, prepare my heart to come before you in spirit and truth. Amen.  

Action: Come before God today in a different way than usual. Try using the video below of a Greek Orthodox Christian Byzantine Chant of Psalm 135.

Respond: What are some creative means of worship you have experienced which have been powerful for you? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below. If you are receiving this via email, click the title at the top of the email to take you to the devotion webpage where you can leave a comment.


About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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