Take that Mountain

The poor woman didn’t know what to make of the man. She said to Him, “I perceive that you are a prophet.” She was catching on quickly.She realized that there was something special about her new friend, Jesus.He saw right through her heart.He had revealed her deepest secrets.He even showed her where she was blowing it.But He didn’t judge her. Not in the slightest.Instead, He offered her living water.She was quite impressed. “Yeah, He must be a prophet,” she thought. “Then again, He’s Jewish. Is He also of the opinion that God doesn’t accept worship from Samaria?” She had to ask.

“Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” (John 4:20)

Is that what you think, Jesus? Does worship revolve around a place? It’s not about who we worship, or how? It’s all about where? Have my people been blowing it all these years? Is our mountain not good enough?

It’s a question that is still asked today. I once worshipped on the ancient mountain of Rome. There was no singing, just organ music. Women covered their heads. Men wore suits. Surely this is the mountain!

Then I attended a Baptist fellowship.  Everyone sang hymns. Gone were the head coverings. Men wore suits. Is it okay to worship on this mountain?

Then I visited a nondenominational church. They had a worship band. No one wore suits. Women let their hair down. They shook tambourines! I thought, what kind of mountain is this?

As for those who grew up on the mountain of Calvary Chapel, we sometimes wonder about the others. Are they too traditional? Too formal? Too subdued? Too uncool? I think so, so God must think so! Our mountain is the one with the fountain! This is where His Spirit pours out.

Perhaps we can learn from what Jesus told His Samaritan friend.

“Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.” (John 4:22)

I look forward to that day, don’t you? When all our mountains disappear! When all biases and prejudices disappear. When our ideas of what’s trendy disappear. When every tribe, tongue and nation worships together as one, without all the denominational hang-ups.

That day is coming! Every knee will bow, every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. And there will be only one mountain – the mountain of our God! And together we will worship as one. We will worship in spirit and in truth.

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