Friday, March 23, 2018

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

True Worship
John 4:19-26
Vs.23,24  But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
 In our family room, we have a painting of the Samaritan woman carrying an empty jug toward Jesus who is sitting by the well. Everyday I see this painting and everyday I am reminded that this woman recognized Jesus the Messiah. Once she knew who He was, she went praising God and sharing the good news of the Messiah.
 The Samaritan woman meets Jesus at the well around noon which is hottest time during the day. She came to the well with an empty jar to collect water. He shares with her of what true worship is.
 True Worship is from the Heart: This woman was of mixed heritage and had a bad reputation; regardless of her background, Jesus speaks to her. He reminds her that salvation is given to anyone who accepts Him. It doesn’t matter if you are a Samaritan, Jew, or Malayalee. Our worship is for an almighty God who doesn’t look at the outward appearance but looks deep inside our heart. When we go to church, are we going to church just because it is something we are supposed to do or are we coming to church to worship the creator of the universe, the one who gives eternal life, and loves us unconditionally?
 True Worship is a Response: Christ explains that He has water that leads to eternal life. From one conversation, the Samaritan woman immediately recognized that the Messiah is coming and that He is here. Worship is our response to the greatness of our God and a response to what He has done for us. Through prayer, we are able to draw closer to God. Worship honors and glorifies God when we are draw near to Him.
 True Worship can occur anywhere: Worship does not have to occur only Sunday mornings at church. It can occur anywhere and anytime- in your drive to work, on your walk to class, or in your room. Our hearts are reflected in our worship. Paul and Silas were in jail and they were still singing praises to God. Even when we are going through hardship, there is always a reason to worship.
 We are broken people living in a broken world; yet we have a Savior who makes us new and that is something to worship about. Just like the Samaritan woman filled her empty jar with Christ, we need to fill our jars with Him. As we fill ourselves with Christ, we pour out praises and proclaim the Gospel to everyone. How do we fill ourselves with Christ? We need to build our relationship with Him. Prayer is our method of communication to God. We are able to talk to Him 24/7. He is always ready to listen. We need to pray unseasonally and unconditionally. We need to be thirsty for Jesus and for His everlasting mercy and love. Through persistent prayer, we are able to ask God to change our sinful habits and mold us into His image. Through persistent prayer, we are able to fill our jars with Christ and pour out praises.
 PRAYER
Lord, we pray that we would fill our jars with you and that we would continuously pour out praises. Help us to remember that our worship is all about you. Help us to draw closer to you in the good times and bad times and remember that you are good. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“Worship is our response, both personal and corporate, to God for who He is, and what He has done; expressed in and by the things we say and the way we live”- Louis Giglio
Reba Varghese, Chicago MTC, IL
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church