In the biblical days people could go to Shiloh, Bethel or other designated places to worship God. But when Christ came he told the woman of Samaria that time is coming and even now it has come when the true worshipers of God will no longer go to those places to worship God, but those who worship God will worship him in truth and in spirit.
In these modern times some of us think that it is only in the church or in the Christian gathering that we worship God. We tend to forget that our bodies are temple of the Holy Spirit who lives in us and where the Holy Spirit is, there will God the Father and God the Son be, because the three are one God. God is always with us as He promised. From time to time in our daily activities, we should always go to him within us to ask for direction, help or inspiration.
Apart from our personal encounter with Christ within us, he also manifest his presence through people around us in the offices, schools, church, in the business area or in the bus, anywhere at all name it. He is there waiting to direct or help us. But the big question is do we recognize him in others. He said that whatever you do to one of these my brethren you did it to me.
Some of us may like to give huge donation in the church where our names will be heard and immortalize but we donít even see our next door neighbor who has nothing to eat or who is in one need or the other. There are lots of people out there who seriously need our aid but we donít help because we are not spiritually conscious. Remember! If you give your alms so that people will see and thank you, you have gotten your reward here on earth. Give secretly so that God who sees in secret will reward you. Help those in need; those who may not even appreciate you and you will see how greatly God will reward you. It is not that we will not support the church, every church member knows that the church will be supported but those around you personally who may not be exposed to many for assistance but are opportuned to be around you, they need your help personally.
Yes our society today is so bad that even doing good may even land you into trouble. But even at that Godís work must be done. It was in the midst of hardship and persecution that the word of God which we read today were documented. So even in the turbulent world today we can still make great impact to touch lives positively for even in this situation God is always there to see us through.
A better appreciation of the modus operandi of God will take place when we recognize and understand his purpose for us. For he has created us in him, and for his purpose. Each and every one us is a vessel to be used. Do we dispose ourselves as a vessel of honor or a vessel of destruction? For in the household of God there are vessels of Gold, Silver, Bronze, Metal, Wood and all these are for use, so which one are you?
When our vision rhymes with the master plan of God for our life, things will work out like magic for us. If we plan, it is the spirit of God in us which agrees with God himself that do the planning, and when it is executed, because it is in line with Godís plan it will work out perfectly well. Then on-lookers will see that things are working out well for us just because we took out time to understand Godís purpose for us and also know that he is always with us.