I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day
Revelation 1:10a (ESV)
I have always been impressed with this statement made by the Apostle John. Even though he had been sent to the island prison colony of Patmos for preaching the Gospel, he still was worshipping on the Lord’s day. Instead of wallowing in self-pity or being angry at God and the world for his situation he continues to worship on the Lord’s day. Imagine what a testimony he was to his fellow prisoners.
Even though John was imprisoned for preaching the Gospel, he is still faithful to worship the author of that Gospel. Away from his home and fellow followers he continued to faithfully worship as Jesus had said his followers would do. John was the kind of worshipper God was looking for. Jesus had said; “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.” John 4:23 (ESV)
Today we let too many things come between us and proper worship of God. Sometimes its our attitude that keeps us from worshipping as we ought to, other times it because we allow other activities to distract us. At times we can even be in the church building with the saints for worship and still not be in the Spirit, because our hearts and minds are elsewhere.
Its not hard to imagine that Johns thoughts could have been on other things than worship on the Lord’s day. He was exiled to an island, kept away from those he loved and missed dearly, yet he knew where his priorities were to be on the Lord’s day. He was worshipping in Spirit and Truth.
God richly rewarded his faithfulness with the “Revelation”. The Revelation is God’s final word to man. His final prophecy. His final statement of love and concern for His children. Because John’s heart and mind were right, God shared His wonderful words of encouragement with him and through him. The Revelation shows us as believers that Jesus is still fully involved in His church and that victory is ours. It shows us that we serve a God that knows all that we are going through and He assures us that we have a place with Him if we remain faithful unto death.
Like John we need to be worshipping in Spirit and Truth on the Lord’s day. When we do, we are availing ourselves to all the Lord has for us to experience as we worship Him. When we worship as we should we are making ourselves available to God to be used for His glory.
May we all look forward to times we can gather together with the saints to worship our heavenly Father in Spirit and Truth.
© 2014 leo J. Woodman