True Sunday morning worship comes from within where God’s Spirit resides

By: Lisa Wilmore

Scripture: …The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceived that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know that we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is a Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:19-24 NKJV).

My Christian Friends,

After attending a worship summit this past weekend, I was blessed by ministers of music, psalmists, musicians, etc., who many may refer to them as “millennials”. During this worship experience, there was a great deal of advice given as well as singing songs to encourage young Christians to continue to worship God for who he is and what he has done for us. A host of young people exemplified their love for God through raised hands, vocal exclamations, body expressions, and many other displays of worship. This truly was an awesome experience!

During the worship summit, Minister Matthew Beasley gave an exhortation which highlighted the entire worship experience, ultimately leading to this message. During his exhortation, He said, “Worship is a lifestyle”. He further shared that it is how we live that makes a difference when we worship God. God expects our best through the week as well as on Sunday morning. In essence, our lives should be a reflection of how much we love him. We must be willing to sacrifice our bodies and thoughts in order for the world to see him living in us. In fact, it is of highest importance that persons witness Christlikeness through our lifestyles.

In the aforementioned text, Jesus had a conversation with a Samaritan woman who believes that worship happens in the mountains or Jerusalem. But he shares with her that “the hour is coming, and now is when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth”. It is important to understand, that “True worship is not based on a location, but the condition of the heart.” Therefore, when we attend Sunday morning service, with all the music trimmings, it is our worship shown from our heart that pleases God most. “True Sunday morning worship comes from within where his spirit resides.”