ANYWHERE, ANYTIME WORSHIP

For centuries the center of worship for the Jew had been the temple in Jerusalem and the religious festivals had required the Jewish males to travel to Jerusalem at least three times a year. To the Jewish and Samaritan mindset, worship was synonymous with the Temple, the Law, tradition and religious ceremony. Jesus attempted to change this mindset by stating that worship could now take place anywhere and at any time, because worship was no longer restricted by geography but dependent on relationship. (John 4:20-24) Worshipers would not have to travel to the Temple to worship God like in the Old Testament. They now had instant access to God’s abiding presence in them. No longer would they have to go to the High priest at the Temple to worship, since the High priest Jesus had now come to abide in them as temples of worship. God had come down to dwell in men’s hearts and from there they could worship Him anywhere, anytime. (1Corinthians 3:16-17 and 6:19-20).

RESTORATION

anytime_worshipWhenever there was a restoration of true worship in Israel, there was first a dismantling of all false worship. Hezekiah became king of Judah and dismantled every trace of false worship before he could restore the nation’s worship to God (2 Kings 18:1-8). He was ruthless in his pursuit of putting things in order, by cleansing the house of God and prioritising worship. There is much dismantling of religious traditions and man-made practices needed in many of our lives and churches today in order to restore true worship back to its rightful place. Moreover according to Jesus, the object of our worship is God the Father. This was the central theme of the message Jesus gave to the Samaritan woman (John 421-24). He was putting things in order, to worship the Father anywhere anytime and all the time, giving no opportunity for idols to invade lives and churches. Jesus wasn’t saying to her that the Temple or church wasn’t important. He was saying that if worship is restricted exclusively to church buildings, there’s a danger we will not establish worship as a way of life, but a religious format.

REACHING THE UNCHURCHED

The un-churched know how the churched should act, which is sometimes more of a reality to them than it is for many Christians. Things are changing however and God’s people are living lives that are attractive to those who don’t know God. The un-churched are looking for the supernatural when they come to church, and we have to offer them a God who is in our midst with the power to heal, deliver, set free and comfort. They are also looking for evidence of God in Christians, that we are people whose lifestyle is different to theirs. They visit our churches because they want a better life and know in their hearts that God can help them. The last thing they are looking for is people who are no different to themselves and a church that is empty of God’s presence and power. While many good church programs are successfully attracting un-churched people, the greatest testimony is that they came and stayed because they felt and experienced His presence (Acts 15:12).

The message of a worship lifestyle is one of extreme importance to the church if we are going to fulfil our calling as priests and kings. It’s only when we know how to worship that we can operate as kings and move into the authority that God has called us to. The world will feel the effects of a generation who worship God in spirit and truth. When He is worshiped our praises will be accompanied with powerful manifestations of His presence, invading the natural realm we live in with His supernatural presence. Let this be the generation that worships all the time and anywhere as a lifestyle, drawing the unsaved to His saving power both in our churches and in our lives.

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About Tom Inglis

Tom is recognised by many as an apostle of worship who carries a prophetic word that is fresh and relevant for the church today. He has travelled into many nations teaching the message of ‘worship as a lifestyle’ and is considered by many as a pioneer in this area. [Read More...]