The Samaritan woman

September 12
John 4:19-26

True worshipers

As the woman at the well spoke to Jesus, she realized that He knew a lot about spiritual things. She thought He was a prophet, so she started talking about the difference between the place where the Samaritans worshiped and the place where the Jews worshiped, for she knew that Jesus was a Jew.

But Jesus said, “A time is coming when the place for worship will no longer be important. For God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.”

The woman said, “I know that the Messiah will come, and when He comes, He will explain everything to us.”

Jesus replied, “I am He” [the Messiah].

How do I worship in spirit and truth?

Can a person who doesn’t believe in God go to church, sing praise songs, put money in the offering basket, and say a prayer? Yes, even someone whose heart is cold toward God can do things that look like worship but are just meaningless actions.

Worship is not what we do; it is an attitude of the heart. That’s why Jesus said that true worshipers worship in spirit and in truth. Those who want to worship God in a meaningful way must worship Him from their hearts (in spirit), with open honesty (in truth).

True worship comes from our love and respect for God. The Bible says; “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” In other words, we should love God with every part of us.

We should also be respectful in our worship, remembering that God is holy and powerful. And as we come before the One who created us and who saved us, we should remember that our lives are not in our own hands, but in God’s powerful hands because we belong to Him (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

Verse for today

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness. Psalm 29:2