Tuesday, January 23 – John 4:21-22
Jesus said to her, “Believe Me, woman, that a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, because salvation is from the Jews.”
The woman’s question for Jesus was about worship. What comes to mind when you think of worship? Maybe a Sunday morning service? A Sanctuary? Music and singing? These things often accompany worship, but these are not worship in themselves. Does standing in a church make us worship? No, it is just a location. Is it a time that makes us worship? No, the hour does not matter. Is it the topic of the sermon that makes us worship? No, this may point us to something about God, but it does not make us worship. Because of Jesus, worship is more than tradition and ritual or a time and place. Worship is always available to all believers because we have been made right with God through Jesus. We no longer have to worship a God who is far away or who we don’t understand. Jesus showed the woman in this passage that worship was not about who had the most knowledge about God. Both those who worshiped the God they did not know and those who worshiped the God they did know were lost apart from Jesus.
All of us come from different backgrounds and upbringings. Some of us know a lot about church traditions and some of us don’t. Because of Jesus, our faith is more than the number of things we know about God. Because of Jesus, we can always worship God. What a gift! God has given us access to Him through Jesus. What would it look like to embrace that gift not just on Sundays but every day?
- What was your faith upbringing? How has this informed your view of worship?
- Why do we tend to only think about worship in terms of church or a specific time? What would change if you committed to worship God all the time?
- Praise God for who He is and how He has made continual worship possible through Jesus.