November 8, 2018

John 4:23… But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and Truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.

            This is possibly the single most comprehensive statement about worship in the Bible. It was made by Jesus to a Samaritan woman. It was unusual for a Jew to speak with a Samaritan or a woman. To Jesus, a person was a person, He did not judge according to labels and other distinctions. If we want to follow in His steps, we, too, must learn to see people as individuals and not members of groups. We are currently embroiled in political rhetoric about the midterm elections which just happened. Are you a Democrat or a Republican? That is a rhetorical question; I am not looking for an answer. Study to know. I am a Republican on paper, but in conscience, I am actually an anti-democrat. Our previous presidential election identified my persuasion. I was not sure if I was a Trump fan, but I was most definitely not a Hilary fan. I was more negative than positive. I am opposed to liberal, progressive, thinking so I voted against that. By definition I voted conservative. Am I, then, a conservative? If it means I care more about profit than people, then I am not. I would not want Jesus to put us in groups called Republican and Democrat. And then treat us according to the accusations of the other group. Voting, for many of us, is a crap shoot. Who knows what a person really believes? The woman at the well, in today’s story, was a woman and she was a Samaritan, both by birth. Jewish leaders tended to ignore, and disregard, both. Jesus did not; He saw a person who needed love.

Jesus is our leader and our example. He spoke; His first sentence cleared the air  regarding her questions. As soon as she perceived Jesus was a prophet, she mentioned a disagreement between Jews and Samaritans. In essence Jesus said, “You are asking the wrong question; The Father is seeking people who will worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.” So that is our criteria.

            The first thing I notice is that the Father is not seeking worship; He is seeking people who worship. We can’t hide behind an action that we identify as worship. We must be a person of worship. It’s your heart, not your associations.