Jesus Changes Everything
But the hour is coming, and is now here... John 4:23
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Romans 12:1 (The Message)
Every one of us has been created with a thirsty soul, designed that way by God so we would find no rest until we find our rest in Him. But oh, how we try and try to quench our thirst through material pursuits, relationships, sports, etc. All of these God-substitutes will eventually turn ugly, become destructive, disappoint, or lose their thrill.
For the woman at the well, Jesus had to help her get in touch with her God-thirsty soul for her to recognize her need for Him and her need to be born again. Jesus tells her, “Go call your husband and then come back" (4:16).
Jesus showed her He was fully aware of the details of her life and with her sins. His objective was to lead her to consider her need and the sinfulness of her life. Jesus needed her to see that she was a sinner. By that he showed he knew her life, though she just met him. He convinced her that he was qualified to teach about worship and eternal life and thus prepared her to admit that He was the Messiah.
As he discussed worship with her, it’s quite ironic that Jesus stresses that true worship is about dealing opening and honestly with God. But she was evasive and unwilling to open her heart.
- If true worship is about dealing opening and honestly with God, will you seek God’s grace right now to give you eyes to see your sin and a heart that is willing to confess it?
- In what situations can you most easily recognize the battle going on for your values and for your worship?