Friday, September 28, 2012

Dialogue {Worshiping God In Spirit And In Truth}

(John 4:13-24) 

//Jesus:  Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 
//Samaritan Woman:  The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” 
//Jesus:  He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” 
//Samaritan Woman:  “I have no husband,” she replied. 
//Jesus:  Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” 
//Samaritan Woman:  “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” 
//Jesus:  “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”


Is Jesus not the best teacher? Even tired and in His moment of rest Jesus gave the most profound, deep, words. Many have interpreted His words in various ways but the Lord revealed to me, as He reveals to all His children, something new (new to me anyways). The beautiful dialogue that took place between Jesus and the Samaritan woman radically changed the way we should see worship. One conversation handed us the key that we would all need to enter into a real relationship with our Father.

Nothing to do with music or singing or playing an instrument, worship has all to do with a direct connection between us and the Father—a relationship reconciled by Jesus Christ. Jesus compared the Holy Spirit to a never-ending, eternal spring here to quench our thirst. What a sweet, sweet exchange. As the Samaritan Woman willingly shared an embarrassing truth with a man that to her was a perfect stranger, Jesus was pleased with her honesty. When I read this, I felt the Holy Spirit just confirming something that I've known for a while but that I've never fully understood because it's been taken out of context: God is looking for genuine worshipers who want to hide nothing, yet give everything. These Worshipers are more than willing to lose the shame of a "what will people think" mindset. This calling is not just for guitar players or singers. Though we might express it in various ways, we are all called to worship.

When looking at a tree, each and every tree branch stems off of one giant tree trunk. A love and adoration relationship forms its trunk and the singing, playing, acting, painting, and dancing are its branches. Nonetheless, worship is worship. Jesus left us the Holy Spirit so that we wouldn't have to live a life of emptiness and constant refueling, but rather a life of constant "pouring in and pouring out." It's not a two-day's a life-long dream. Jesus made it clear that worship is not defined by location nor contained between four walls because our hearts are the secret place where true worship begins to blossom. It's time to worship God for what we do know instead of what we don't, and those truths can only be found in His word. The only way that the word will become flesh in us is if we spend time reading and meditating on it. How can we worship what we do not know? We must always remember why we thank God, why we love Him, and why we need Him. The Father wants those who will worship Him in the spirit and in truth. To do this we must be filled with His Holy Spirit and walk a genuine walk, wearing the truth on our sleeves. This is what we've been called to wholeheartedly do.

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