Since March of this year, most local Christian churches have been in virtual Worship mode due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This sustained absence from the house of God is not conducive to maintaining a posture of being a true worshiper.
How has prolonged Virtual Worship affected you? Are you still a passionate worshiper? Or have you become more casual in your worship?
When church leaders across the country first began ministering to their congregants via online service because of the pandemic, it afforded them the opportunity to view several virtual worship services on a Sunday without leaving the comfort of their home.
I understand why we had to resort to online worship. One, statewide stay-at-home orders had been issued. Two, the Coronavirus was and is extremely contagious. Accordingly, some church leaders have decided that they will not return to in-church worship until 2021.
Still, we must not allow this reality to cause us to stop being a true worshiper.
What It Means to Be a True Worshiper
“An hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers,” Jesus said (John 4:23, NASB). This verse helps us to understand what it means to be a true worshiper.
The true worshiper is not the casual worshiper. Nor the person who is content after watching or listening to several preachers on TV or online. But the true worshiper is the one who worships the Lord from the depths of his inner being and in accordance with truth.
God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Even during this pandemic, He requires true worship from His people. So let’s briefly talk about three attributes of those who are committed to remaining true worshipers during this pandemic:
- A commitment to daily, personal Bible study. Listening to several preachers share a Word via virtual worship is no substitute for giving our undivided attention to studying the Word of God ourselves on a daily basis. His Word is spirit and life (John 6:63).
- A commitment to solitary prayer. Jesus talked about the need for us to enter our closet and shut the door when we pray (Matthew 6:6). Though this is not to be taken literally, it is what we should do virtually if we want to more clearly hear the quiet voice of God in this noisy world.
- A commitment to being a faithful follower of Jesus. This is not the time for us to regress to becoming merely hearers of the teachings of our Lord but we must remain doers thereof. More than ever, the church must be the church God has called her to be. The spiritual needs of this world as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic are off the scale, and Christ is the only hope for this spiritually miserable world.
Every aspect of our life is being negatively impacted by this pandemic. Financially, some local churches will not survive it. Some able-bodied believers will become hooked on the comfort of virtual worship thereby losing their affection for (returning to) the house of God. But no matter where we find ourselves in life, the divine mandate for worship is always to be a true worshiper.
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