Wednesday, January 24 – John 4:23
“But a time is coming, and even now has arrived, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.”
When a couple is engaged, excitement and planning abound in the days leading up to the wedding. This period builds the anticipation for the wedding day and the marriage after. Finally, after all the waiting, planning, and preparing, the day arrives that changes them forever. At Jesus’s coming, the people of God had been waiting for thousands of years for a permanent solution to their brokenness. They had been waiting thousands of years to regain a restored relationship to God. When man and wife become one on their wedding day, they are excited about that at first but over time, that anticipation and excitement can feel more like a distant memory than a current reality.
Even though we likely felt excited about coming to Christ, if we have grown up in church or have been in the church, we may struggle to feel that excitement about worship on an ongoing basis. Even when we feel apathetic in our relationship with God, our worship has been altered forever because of Jesus, and we live in the new reality with Him! Like marriage, this is not a relationship we should neglect but one that we should cultivate daily. Hebrews 12:28-29 says, “Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let’s show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.”
- What is something that you waited a long time for? How did you feel when it finally happened? How long did that excitement last?
- In what ways have you lost passion for worship? How can you remind yourself of the amazing reality of your relationship with God?
- Pray for your church, asking that God would keep you all zealous for Him.