“What is ‘worship scattered?’ That seems like a strange term!” I’m glad you asked…when Jesus came, he set up a new way to worship. He told us that we would worship in both spirit and truth. Part of what that meant was that worship is scattered throughout the life of all christians in the world. And the CRAZY thing is, this is way worship was supposed to be back in THE BEGINNING!
When Adam and Eve were created, they lived in the Garden of Eden and God would hang out with them. Adam would name some animals and work in the garden with Eve and then they would take a walk with God in the cool of the day. But that all fell apart once sin entered the world…because of sin, worship was restricted to a certain mountain top with certain prayers and certain sacrifices.
Jesus lived, died, rose again and now tells us to boldly enter God’s presence (Hebrews 4). He tells us that we are united with God through his work on cross. Now our whole lives are lived as priests out in the world.
So for you today, it means that everything you do can be an act of worship. Are you serving the poor in another country? Are you teaching kids at church or in school? Are you frying donuts at a diner or helping with a car-pool? It can all be offered up to God as a way to serve him and others.
This shows me the extravagance of God’s grace! ALL of our messy lives are now transformed into worship. As we sing, “Beauty for ashes / Your name is matchless”! Worship is no longer restricted to a certain mountain top or certain prayers or certain sacrifices. Worship is about a God-man. His name is Jesus.
That is “worship scattered”.
Thanks to Mike Cosper for the term “worship scattered” and Chapter 5 of his book, Rhythms of Grace. It’s an excellent read. I highly recommend it!