Worship in Spirit and Truth
He said, "Go call your husband and then come back." "I have no husband," she said. "That's nicely put: 'I have no husband.' You've had five husbands, and the man you're living with now isn't even your husband ... .'' "Oh, so you're a prophet! Well, tell me this: Our ancestors worshiped God at this mountain, but you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place for worship, right?" "Believe me, woman, ... the time is coming-it has, in fact, come-when what you're called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter. It's who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That's the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself-Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration." The woman said, "I don't know about that. I do know that the Messiah is coming. When he arrives, we'll get the whole story." "I am he," said Jesus. "You don't have to wait any longer or look any further.'' JOHN 4:16-21, 23-26
The conversation intensified as the discussion moved from getting water out of a well to worshiping God. The woman was led into an awareness of her interior needs and of God's ultimate fulfillments.
What does this tell you about worship?
God, I don't want to get hung up on questions of the places for worship or the times to worship or the forms of worship: I want to worship, inwardly, ardently, and truly, and so discover you as the center of my life, in Jesus Christ. Amen.