Week Two - Day Four
Worship Jesus all times, in all circumstances
John 4:20-24 - “Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 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. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 - Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
The woman at the well had a genuine desire to worship God, but she had conflicting instructions on how to do so. Jesus addressed her questions by explaining that worship happens with the whole of one’s being (the heart) and flows out into life with actions and words. It was so beautiful to see Jesus redirect her from places and practices to a person, himself. She began to see that the object of her worship was standing right in front of her.
Now Jesus isn’t on Earth any longer, but worship of him doesn’t stop. Colossians 1 reminds us that he is still ruling and reigning. He is worthy of our worship at all times and in all places. In 1 Thessalonians we are told that God desires us to rejoice always and give thanks in all circumstances. Like the woman at the well, we are tempted to think of worship as an event that happens in certain circumstances; maybe it’s when we are sitting in church on Sunday, when we are happy, or when we get what we want. But, God calls us to something more. He calls us to a life of worship, not a ritual of worship. In Acts 16 there is a story of Paul and Silas who were beaten and thrown into prison for casting a demon out of a woman. At about midnight, they are sitting on the ground with their feet locked in the stocks. The Bible records that they are singing worship songs (Acts 16:23-25). There’s another story of a man named Job who had everything taken from him; even as he grieved over this loss, he still worshiped (Job 1:20-21). Worshiping Jesus ought not to occur in response only to our blessing. Jesus is worthy of our worship at all times and in all circumstances. Not only because of what he does but because of who he is.
• How will you worship God in your current circumstances?
• Today, how can your worship be contagious to others around you?
• For additional reading, walk through Psalms 95-100 and pray prayers of thankfulness and adoration.
• Record your responses in your journal or note taking app and share them with someone in your group or family.