“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.” (John 4:23)
While Scripture affirms the vital, essential nature of corporate worship, God’s not bound within the walls of a church building. During Jesus’ chat with the Samaritan woman at the well, He defied all expectations of the Messiah. Instead of condemnation, Jesus spoke truth and loved her as she stood next to that well. He revealed His intimate and sovereign knowledge of His children. Proclaiming His deity, Jesus declared that the Holy Spirit evoked true worship from the hearts of God’s people, not from a specific physical location.
When we focus on who God is, what He’s done, and all He’s promised, we can rejoice in His constant presence as we worship Him with other believers, in our living rooms and everywhere!
- Where do you enjoy worshiping God?
- How do you enjoy His presence and experience joy while worshiping Him?
Amazing God, please help us to worship You as we rejoice in who You are, what You’ve done, and all You promise to do.
John 4: 7-24
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”
“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks his 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.”
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.”
“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.”
“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.”
Who were the Samaritans? According to 2 Kings 17, after the Northern kingdom of Israel was defeated by Assyria in 722 BC and most of its people taken into exile, other captured peoples were brought in to populate the region known as Samaria. When they first arrived, they didn’t “worship the Lord,” and to God sent lions among them. Then the king of Assyria sent a Jewish priest to the land to teach the people ow to worship God, but the people continued to worship other gods. The Samaritans came from this exchange of peoples and mixture of beliefs.