Posted by Murray Smith

 

God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:24

It turns out that the story of the Samaritan woman at the well reveals much about what is at the heart and core of true worship … 

  1. Unholy people meet with a holy God

The Samaritan woman was not in a healthy space. Her life had sadly unravelled around her. She was popular for all the wrong reasons. She was deleted from the towns Facebook page and the Ladies Club WhatsApp group. This seems to be the reason why Jesus “had to go through Samaria” – it is a theological statement not a geographical one. God reveals His intent to be present with this woman despite her reputation as a solid sinner. He regularly does the same for us.

  1. Grace and truth collide

Jesus was tired from His journey and so took a seat at the well. It was hot. It was midday. It was like being at the train station in De Aar in the middle of the drought.  Even the flies were resting. No-one in their right mind fetches water at that time of day, but this woman did. Her search for water led her to the water of life. She encountered pure grace through Jesus who asked of her only one thing, to tell him the truth. She had a few too many men in her life. The truth still sets us free.

  1. Inspired to share our story

The woman’s encounter with Jesus changed her life. She was made new and could not contain herself from telling others, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” Sharing her story changed the whole trajectory of the town’s future, “Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in Him (Jesus) because of the woman’s testimony.” The butcher, the baker, the banker and the barmen starting getting along for the first time ever. Your story is too important not to share. It will through His grace change lives, perhaps even towns.

Prayer: “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16