As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:4-5

At dedicated moments throughout the year, Israel would gather together at the tabernacle and later the temple to offer sacrifices to God in obedience, thanksgiving and recognition of His grace to them. In the New Testament ‘worship’ has undergone a transformation. It is no longer about a place (tabernacle/temple) but an approach to life.

We are to see ourselves as living stones and a part of a temple that constantly offers spiritual sacrifices to God. From waking to sleeping, through breakfast, prayer, work, rest and fun we are to do everything in love and trust of Jesus Christ.

But in the New Testament there does still seem to be a primacy to worshipping God together and in unity. No longer about the building or structure (temple etc.) but that we are gathered in the same space for the same purpose and activities. 

That is, God-given activities that He finds particularly pleasing and that have been designed for the growth of His people in number and faith. Namely, the hearing of His Word in preaching/bible-reading, singing, prayer, baptism and communion.

So worship God today in every moment, but let’s especially worship Him together as we gather.

For Today:
  • Is worshipping God at the centre of your Sunday?
  • What does it look like for you to worship God today?
  • Is gathering together with God’s people for worship a priority for you?

  • Praise the Father that He is worthy of our worship. 
  • Give thanks for Jesus who saves us from self-worship to be a part of God’s temple, worshipping Him in spirit and in truth.
  • Ask God for His Holy Spirit to help you and others to gather together for worship today.
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