JOHN 4:1-24 IS A BEAUTIFUL STORY ABOUT WORSHIP.
“Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”” John 4:7 NIV
“The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)” John 4:9 NIV
“Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”” John 4:10 NI
“The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water?”” John 4:11 NKJV
“Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”” John 4:13-14 NKJV
“But the 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 NKJV
SO WHAT IS WORSHIP ANYWAY?
“‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.” Matthew 15:8-9 NLT
TRUE WORSHIP IS THE INNER VALUE AND RESPOND WE PLACE ON GOD’S WORTH
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” Matthew 13:44 NIV
4 WAYS WE ARE TO RESPOND TO GOD IN WORSHIP
· WE CAN RESPOND TO GOD WITH OUR POSTURE.
“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.” Psalm 95:6 NKJV
· WE CAN RESPOND TO GOD WITH OUR MOUTH.
“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” Hebrews 13:15 NKJV
· WE CAN RESPOND TO GOD BY LISTENING.
“He says, “Be still, and know that I am God.”” Psalm 46:10 NIV
· WE CAN RESPOND TO GOD WITH OUR OBEDIENCE.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1 NIV