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Worship In the Name of Jesus
By: Allistair Lomax
At Mount Kerazim, Jesus set up a new worship, a worship which was to be in spirit and truth.
"A time is coming and has now come when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshippers that the Father seeks. God is Spirit, and his worshippers must worship him in spirit and truth." [John 4:23,24] God's true worship is in the spirit, so we first wait to be given God's spirit. It begins with an expectant waiting upon the Lord, for Him to reveal Himself in our hearts.
As we gather together, we wait to feel the presence of God's only Son, Jesus Christ, among us, so that we may be led, taught, and guided by him, both as individual people and also as a group. We base this on Jesus' promise that "where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." [Matthew 18:20] The central message of the New Testament is that Jesus Christ has come; and God has sent him to be an everlasting prophet to us, and we are to hear him in all things. God said: "This is my beloved Son ....listen to him." [Matthew 17:5]
This worship is not something optional for Christians, nor should it be limited to any denomination. If we are to obey God's command to hear His Son in all things, then we must gather together and wait to receive Jesus in our midst as a living prophet and teacher. Here is no magic formula; true worship is a gift from God, bestowed on those who humble themselves, and wait patiently for his Son.
We know that Jesus is among us, because of the work he does within our hearts, and among us, as his people. Jesus may move some of us to preach, sing, or pray aloud. Or it could be that we will be asked to do something like heal or comfort each other. Whatever we are asked to do, we should respond to Christ's prompting in our hearts. This is the beginning of all true ministry, and the way Christ bestows his spiritual gifts among his people, his Church. If anyone is not sure if they are being led by Christ to do something, then they must wait; the leading, if true, will become stronger. It is as we present our bodies, minds, and spirits, as a living sacrifice, to God's service, that our worship becomes real.