May 17, 2007
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. John 4:23
Have you ever left a place of worship with excitement? The place might have been a church, someone's home, or even your prayer closet. These are the times in life we never forget because God's spirit makes an impact on our own spirit and our soul. We are changed forever by what we have heard from His still small voice. It is a voice that emerges from the calamity of our lives and gives us confidence that God has our circumstances under control.
In the passage above, Jesus is talking to the woman at the well, a Samaritan woman who never expected to hear the voice of the Messiah. She is not a Jew; in fact, she is not esteemed among her own people. Jesus tells the woman of her checkered personal history. She has been married five times and now is living with someone to whom she is not married.
Jesus found a woman who had the heart of a true worshipper. It did not matter to Him that she was not a Jew, not one of God's elect. Her place in society did not bother him either. Jesus wanted her heart, not her reputation. He wanted her soul, not her circumstances.
The Samaritan woman considered herself unworthy to draw water for Jesus because the Jews held all Samaritans in low regard. She was surprised that Jesus wanted something from her. Often we humans feel as though we have nothing to give the Lord, but we have can give Him ourselves. He wants our whole heart. It is so easy to hold part of ourselves back from God, yet spiritual blessings come when we worship Him from the deepest chambers of our being. It does not matter what we have done because the Lord is ready to forgive us. All we have to do is ask Him. The Father awaits our worship.
A special thanks to Rev. Glenda Watson of South Africa for her inspirational message about the woman at the well. Please see our link to Restoration Ministries on our links page.
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