“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.” The woman said to him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I who speak to you am he.’”
Jesus’ statement in this passage is a response to a Samaritan woman’s question about a debate they were having over true worship. I am impressed that out of all the questions she could has asked Jesus, she wanted to know about true worship. She wanted to know how she could worship God in a way that pleased Him.
We have our own discussions today about true worship that include not only location, but also musical styles and preferences. If we asked Jesus today about “true worship” his answer would be the same as it was to the Samaritan woman. Jesus said, “those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
In today’s section of the prayer guide, we read this description:
“Worship is the full engagement of the Christ-follower in honoring and glorifying God. It is not a matter of location or of style, but of heart and mind. Worship is far more than the music time in our “service” (though God gave us music as one vital way to express this “heart and mind” full engagement). Worship is an all-of-life response to our King Jesus, both personal and gathered with other believers, in which we offer ourselves wholly to him. Worship is not one hour a week.
As you pray today, take some time and consider these questions.
• Are you a worshiper?
• Is your worship an offering of yourself completely to God, heart and mind, through the Living Water, King Jesus?
• How can you worship God today in your words and actions?