Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father…. 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 4:21-23
It is true that our God is no respecter of persons. One incident that clearly demonstrates this in the scriptures is the encounter between the Lord Jesus and the Samaritan woman.
She was a loose woman by every standard. Married five times, the man she was living with at the time of this encounter was not really her husband. The society must have put a bold label on her describing her as a whore. In other words, there was nothing about her, humanly speaking, to recommend her for a divine visitation.
But God does not judge as man judges. So at some point in this woman’s life, God waved aside the numerous accusations and human opinions against her and touched her with His hand of mercy.
The Bible says, “He (Jesus) left Judea and departed to Galilee. But He needed to go through Samaria” (vs.3,4). That means having to go through Samaria was not just a geographical consideration, but a divine compulsion. It was orchestrated mainly by God’s love for a woman whom men had given up on.
Naturally, the Master was tired as they entered a city of Samaria and needed to rest. By divine arrangement, He sat by Jacob’s well. He was left alone as the disciples went into the city to buy food. In no time, this woman came to fetch water from the well. Then Jesus engaged her in a discussion.
The Lord must have considered the woman’s approach to the whole encounter an act of true worship.
She spoke sincerely and respectfully to Him in spite of the animosity between the Jews and Samaritans.
She acknowledged Him as a prophet.
It is therefore not surprising that Jesus took time to dwell on her question concerning the place of worship. He described a new dispensation in which no preference would be given to one place above another. In His words, “The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth.”
That means, above the sound, God is looking for a heart of worship: a heart that puts Him first in everything. Such a heart will thank God in every situation. Really, that is the definition of worship: an attitude of gratitude towards God. Worry on the other hand is an indication of a momentary concentration on a thing or situation over and above God. Remember, the divine injunction is, “You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exo.20:3).
Whatever your position, you can provoke a heart of worship today by making a firm decision to thank God in every situation. You will be amazed at His response to such a decision, in the name of Jesus.
The question is: are you willing to accept Him? Why would you rather continue in your struggles instead of allowing Him, who is more than able to bear your burdens, do it for you? Remember, He is always willing and, right now, His hand is stretched out to you. Will you receive Him? If your answer is “yes” then pray this prayer:
Dear Jesus, I believe You died and rose from the dead for my sake. Forgive my sins; be my Lord and personal Saviour. Give me the grace to walk with You from this day forward. In Your Mighty Name I pray.
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