CAST Voices Devotion: Jesus Transforms the Religious Mindset
By Charmaine Moses
16 March 2017
“Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
Traditionally, Jews worshiped on Mount Zion and Samaritans on Mount Gerazim.
Religious and doctrinal issues had separated both Jews and Samaritans so much that Jews and Samaritans had different centres of worship. Jesus transforming power allows us to worship him together in one mind and one accord. God is calling the church to a position of oneness. To worship him in spirit and in truth is far more important than worshiping Christ in a specific location. Freedom to worship Christ begins with a transparent relationship with him.
- In today’s church, what are religious and doctrinal issues that separate God’s people?
- How can we as leaders pursue oneness in the church, despite denominational and doctrinal differences?