Our daughter was having a conversation with someone the other day about worship, and the person in this discussion (with all good intentions) said that the veil has been taken away in our worship. His thought was that we have all kinds of freedom now in how we worship God.
Her response to him was a simple question, “What are your boundaries, then?” Great question! If we can decide how we worship God, and there is this freedom in Christ, are there any boundaries in how we worship Jesus? Does the freedom in Christ open the door to anything and everything?
We can look in the religious world, and see that the doors have been blown wide open as to what churches find acceptable. But again, what are the boundaries, and who determines them?
Jesus answered this for us. He says plainly that, “Yes, there are boundaries. I set them, and you must stay within them.” Look at the following words from Jesus.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 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. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.
Even in the New Testament churches as we live under the grace and liberty of Jesus, we have boundaries and they are set by Jesus Himself.