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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. God is Spirit,
and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. (John 4:23-24)
are designed to worship God in spirit and in truth. As Jesus spoke to the
Samaritan woman at the well, He sought to help her do this by imparting to her
God’s living water (John 4:13–14).
sought out this woman personally to give her abundant life. In the same way the
Father seeks an encounter with each of us that is real and personal. The
Samaritan woman had heard about God; Jesus said true worship must be “face to
face” with God. Worship is not religion or ritual; worship is an intimate and
vital encounter with a Person. True worship includes the full recognition of
who God is: Holy, Sovereign, Almighty, Loving, Merciful. This recognition
brings about the realization of our own sinfulness.
worship is life-changing! It creates within the worshiper’s heart a hatred for
sin. True worship results in repentance, obedient submission, and a desire for
holiness (Isa. 6:1–8). True worship generates a desire to show mercy and to
express forgiveness. It includes a joyful acceptance of all that God has
provided by His grace. True worship is not exclusive. Just as the Samaritan
woman rushed off to tell others of her encounter with the Lord, so true worship
will compel the worshiper to include others. As a result of this woman’s
encounter with Jesus, many others from her village came to know Him as well.
The one who has truly worshiped will have a sense of peace and a confident
expectation of what God is about to do. True worship produces a transformed
life, reflecting the One who has been worshiped.