Saturday, March 24th, 2012
Which Church Are You? (Part 10, Conclusion)
The woman said to Him, 'Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.'
John 4:19-20 (NKJV)
Jesus said to her, 'Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.'
John 4:21 (NKJV)
Where we should worship is a question that has divided God's church for millennia. One 21st century estimate of Christian denominations is 38,000 (World Christian Encyclopedia).
The woman at the well asked this question of Jesus. His answer? Neither here nor there: 'But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him' (John 4:23).
In other words, which place and which church are far less important than which heart: His or ours.
I believe a new generation of Christ followers 'is coming and now is' that will blow the roof off of today's churches. Denominational prejudices will be carried away by 'The four winds' (Matthew 24:31), and hearts will be laid bare.
I believe actors, models, and talent for Christ will be on the front lines of this roofless movement. Their Holy Spirit star power will be carried all over the earth on unseen airwaves. Lost and prodigal children will follow them right to The King.
His performers will say, 'The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound' (Isaiah 61:1).
The question of 'which church' will be applied to each of us as individuals seeking salvation. The remedies for our various ailments are answered in Jesus' love letters to the churches, as are our rewards for obedience.
Our King is saying today, 'Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me' (Revelation 3:20).
He will give us the Bread of life, and in It--His transforming grace. And we will share.
'Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!' (Revelation 22:20).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Which Church Are You? series.