“And Jacob’s well was there. So Jesus, tired as He was from His journey, sat down to rest by the well. It was then about the sixth hour, noon.” John 4:6 Amplified
Our verse today comes from one of my favorite stories in the Bible, the woman at the well. I suppose I like it most because Jesus has an in-depth conversation with a woman. In fact I’m told this is the longest recorded conversation He had with anyone.
Jesus and the group of disciples were traveling from Judea to Galilee, the quickest route between the two took them through Samaria, that’s where the group had stopped to rest. As a little back history, the Jews didn’t like going through Samaria because the people there were considered unclean, they were half Jewish and half Gentile. On top of that, in our scenario today Jesus is speaking to a woman, that wasn’t done in that culture, no man was to talk to a woman he wasn’t related to. The woman even tells Jesus He’s not supposed to be talking to her, yet she stays. From what we know about her, though, that’s not surprising, she’s been married five times and is currently living with a man. I think she lost her shame a long time ago and we’ll assume she’s likely at least middle age. The older we get the less we tend to care what others think, which is apparent since she’s coming to the well at noon alone.
From the conversation these two have we can see that the woman soon realizes that this Man cares about her, He wants to give her living water. She’s anxious for the water and asks Him for some. He then proceeds to ask her if she can make decisions on her own by asking her to bring her husband back. She then tells Him what her current situation is and then realizes that He’s speaking of spiritual matters. She asks Him where the right place to worship is, I think she’s telling Him that religion has gotten her no where. He tells her that God is a Spiritual Being and that the true worship of God is in spirit and in truth. Then He tells her that He is the Messiah.
To be like Jesus we must realize that seeking God is a spiritual process. I’m not trying to say that we shouldn’t go to a church house, we need that for fellowship, but when we worship God we should do so in our heart. It’s not our outward acts that God looks at, it’s our inward attitude toward Him and all those around us. Worshiping God in truth means our every day interaction, what we say and what we do, that’s what He sees and honors. Don’t be fooled either, He knows when it’s sincere and when it’s for show.
When we get to heaven there won’t be any denominations, we will all be worshiping God together with our hearts.