“You Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem,” she said. When the woman at the well perceived Jesus to be a prophet, the first thing that came to her mind was worship. Her ancestors worshiped in Samaria. Was God OK with that?
Today, followers of Jesus contend with the same uncertainty. We claim that God wants us to worship in this denomination or in that kind of church or Messianic synagogue. Believers who stay where their ancestors worshiped and also those who choose another place, both want to know: Is God OK with that?
Jesus answered the Samaritan woman, “A time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. . . God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
If that is truth, and I believe it is, there is no one specific place to worship. Where the Spirit of God leads me may not be where he leads you. And that’s a good thing. If we each go where the Spirit of God leads us, we can reach the world.
God is not only OK with that but, as Jesus told the Samaritan woman, “The Father seeks such to worship him.”