Summary: What do you purchase as a gift for the person who has everything? Perhaps you have faced that dilemma and walked with frustration through stores hoping to find a special gift that communicates your love and meets a need in the life of the one receiving t
What do you purchase as a gift for the person who has everything? Perhaps you have faced that dilemma and walked with frustration through stores hoping to find a special gift that communicates your love and meets a need in the life of the one receiving the gift.
Apply this situation to our attempt to offer God a gift He desires. God knows all things and possesses all the treasures of heaven and earth. He does not need anything. But, ther is one commodity that God longs to receive from His followers. God desires for His children to freely, boldly, and passionately worship Him in spirit and truth. John 4 reveals that almighty God possesses an unceasing desire for true worshipers.
I. Reject Strongholds (vv. 19-20)
a. As this insightful conversation develops between Jesus and an immoral Samaritan woman, we learn about strongholds or obstacles that often prevent individuals and churches from experiencing true worship.
i. She struggles with the penetrating issues raised by Jesus by hiding behind the barriers of places and programs.
b. Many Christians have settled for cheap imitations of true worship.
i. Some relegate worship to a particular event or building.
ii. Often, worship is considered to be the music in a corporate service that is followed by the preaching.
1. An entire style of music today had been labeled “praise and worship” in an attempt to distinguish music from traditional hymns.
2. Music is an integral part of worshiping God
3. We should note though that Jesus did not mention singing here.
iii. Paul spoke of Christ-honoring worship in Romans 12:1, when he challenged believers to become living sacrifices.
c. True worship rejects the strongholds that prevent followers of Christ from responding to God with heart, soul, mind, and strength in loving recognition of God’s glory and love.
II. Recognize the Savior (vv. 26)
a. After Jesus exposes the false assumption of worship, He guides the Samaritan woman into an amazing recognition of His glory and His mission to save people from their sins.
b. True worship erupts in the soul of one who understands that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away sin.
c. He is the living water that cleanses and quenches the deepest thirst of one’s soul.
i. Using water as the metaphor for eternal life, Jesus opened her eyes to see Him as the promised Messiah and Savior.
III. Repent of Sin (vv. 16-18)
a. Another principle of true worship surfaces in Jesus’ instruction for the woman to “Go tell your husband”
b. The Lord Jesus, who knows all things, did not assume that she was married.
c. Jesus guides her to confess and repent of sins.
i. Our sinfulness becomes grossly obvious upon the recognition of Christ’s holiness.
d. Once this woman recognized Jesus, she humbly acknowledges her sinful past.
i. In Isaiah 6:5, we see a similar experience, when Isaiah saw the Lord high and lifted up, he fell down in confession of personal and national sin.
IV. Request with Supplication (v. 10)
a. True worship also includes calling upon the Lord to meet our needs.