Friday, September 9, 2011

Manna from John

(ESV) John 4:23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth."

After the discussion that the place of worship was going to be irrelevant, Jesus is telling the Samaritan woman that there would be a higher standard for worship coming soon. As it was, if you went and sacrificed in Jerusalem for the Jews, you were ceremonially good. There was no spiritual necessity, because you can't measure spirituality or write a law for it, only on doing or not doing things and the Jews even added hundreds of additional rules that the Pharisees followed.

Worshiping in spirit and truth is not an option, Jesus told her "must". Humans tend to either do things mechanically, ie without spirit or out of tradition, ie no truth. We have to assess pur situation at every oportunity. I have worshiped traveling 80 miles per hour down the interstate and not worshiped while "worship" music was playing in church on Sunday. Worship is out of the overflow of out hearts, is your spiritual cup full or empty? Not emotional cup, spiritual cup. Do you realize what justice should have done for you? Yes, a date with the lake of fire. Do you know what grace is? It is getting something that you do not deserve, everlasting life with God in heaven. Not following rules, God loves us and provided Jesus for us. God had Jesus killed, not the Jews. Why?? He wants to walk with us in the garden, just like He did with Adam before the fall and fellowship with us....unbelievable!

Reflect on this gift and truely worship Him today,

Steve Amos

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