John 4:23, 24 - Serve, Worship and Live for God in Spirit and Truth.

John 4:23, 24 (NIV) Yet a time is coming and 
has now come when the true worshipers will 
worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are 
the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is 
spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit 
and in truth." 

John 4:23, 24 (CEV) But a time is coming, 
and it is already here!  Even now the true 
worshipers are being led by the Spirit to worship the 
Father according to the truth.  These are the ones 
the Father is seeking to worship him. God is 
Spirit, and those who worship God must be led by the 
Sprit to worship him according to the truth. 


Jesus Talks To The Samaritan Woman At The 
   Jesus exposed the womans life in order 
to bring her to the point of receiving the 
living water (4:13-18). Due to Jesus insight 
into her private life the woman thought that he 
had the divinely given insight characteristic of 
a prophet (4:19-20). But Jesus raised the 
issue, not of his identity, but of the location and 
nature of true worship. Jesus only identified 
himself as the Messiah (4:26) after the woman 
herself raised the issue of the coming Messiah 
(4:25). The Samaritans believed God had designated 
Mount Gerizim (this mountain, 4:20) as the 
proper place for worship. They had built a temple 
there to rival the worship center in Jerusalem. 
The Samaritans believed in a coming Messiah who 
was to be primarily a teacher, a priest, and a 
restorer of true worship on Mount Gerizim. Jesus 
articulated the difference between worship that was 
expressed in external rituals alone and true worship 
in spirit (4:23). The term spirit refers 
to the sphere of worship. True worship happens 
when a believers spirit is connected with 
Gods Spirit, not when a believer is in any 
particular physical place like Jerusalem or Samaria. 
Gods Spirit is everywhere, therefore worship can 
happen anywhere. The term truth implies that 
the human worshiper is open and conforming to 
Gods revealed ways of worship and life, 
specifically Jesus call to repentance and honest, 
spiritual worship. [New Bible Companion] 


   We are designed to worship God in spirit 
and in truth. As Jesus spoke to the Samaritan 
woman at the well, He sought to help her do this 
by imparting to her Gods living water (John 
   Jesus sought out this woman personally to 
give her abundant life. In the same way the 
Father seeks an encounter with each of us that is 
real and personal. The Samaritan woman had heard 
about God; Jesus said true worship must be face 
to face with God. Worship is not religion or 
ritual; worship is an intimate and vital encounter 
with a Person. True worship includes the full 
recognition of who God is: Holy, Sovereign, Almighty, 
Loving, Merciful, etc. This recognition brings about 
the realization of our own sinfulness. 
   True worship is life-changing! It creates 
within the worshipers heart a hatred for sin. 
True worship results in repentance, obedient 
submission, and a desire for holiness (Isa. 6:1"8). 
True worship generates a desire to show mercy and 
to express forgiveness. It includes a joyful 
acceptance of all that God has provided by His grace. 
True worship is not exclusive. Just as the 
Samaritan woman rushed off to tell others of her 
encounter with the Lord, so true worship will compel 
the worshiper to include others. As a result of 
this womans encounter with Jesus, many others 
from her village came to know Him as well. The 
one who has truly worshiped will have a sense of 
peace and a confident expectation of what God is 
about to do. True worship produces a transformed 
life, reflecting the One who has been worshiped. 
[Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry and Richard 


   Worship doesn't have to occur only on 
Sabbath mornings at church; worship can be a part of 
everyday life. Zechariah pictures a day when God 
alone will be worshiped - obviously that's a 
prophecy yet to be fulfilled. On that day, every item 
in the city will be holy because God will fill 
everything with his presence.  
   The true fulfillment is future, but with 
God's Spirit residing in your life, you have been 
made holy. That means, as you walk through life, 
you can experience what it means to worship God 
at all times. You can worship God as you change 
a baby's diaper. You can worship God as you 
wash your dishes. You can worship God as you 
answer those e-mails or prepare that assignment. 
You can worship God as you wait in the airport 
for that next business trip.  
   Get the picture? You show your love for 
God by your worship - and every part of your 
life can be an act of worship to him by your 
attitudes, your actions, and your focus. Ask God to 
infuse your life with worship. Imagine what a joy 
each moment can be! [The One Year Bible for New 
Believers re Zec. 14:9, 20, 21] 


   I was a pastor in a small country church 
in South Africa. We had spent two hours in a 
praise-and-worship service one Sunday evening, so when Monday 
morning came, I felt spiritually drained and a 
little grumpy.  
   That morning as I was having my daily 
devotions out in the garden, the Lord and I enjoyed an 
interesting conversation.  
   "Morning, Lord," I commenced. "Since last 
night's service I've been wondering about this 
eternity business. People often ask, 'What will we do 
in eternity?' I usually reply with the stock 
answer, 'We will spend our time praising and 
worshiping God.' But, Lord, after last night's session, 
I'm seriously wondering whether I could even 
spend a single day praising and worshiping. All 
this hand raising and clapping stuff! Lord, is 
that what it's really going to be about?"  
   I half expected a stiff clout around the 
ear from the Lord. Instead, his reply was so 
gracious and gentle. "I understand that you must be a 
bit worn out, son! But tell me, what would you 
like to do for eternity?"  
   I thought about that for a while and then 
replied, "Well, Lord, you know how much I love 
gardening. If there is one thing that would give me 
real pleasure, it would be to work in your 
glorious heavenly garden. Then I could look forward 
to discovering your marvelous purposes for 
every living thing. I mean, Lord, why did you 
create snails, mosquitoes, and ticks?"  
   I sensed the Lord chuckle as he replied, 
"And what will you do, son, when I show you that 
I even have a good purpose for snails, 
mosquitoes, and ticks?"  
   "Why, Lord, I would just jump in the air 
and shout for joy, 'Hallelujah! Isn't God 
great! "  
   There was a poignant silence. I sensed 
the Lord smile. "I call that worship, my son!" 
-Gerald McCann  
   Lord, teach us to worship you as we enjoy 
the majesty of your creation all around us. 
Amen. [The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter 
by Mary Hollingsworth] 

It is working together with Christ that is 
true worship. Prayers, exhortation, and talk are 
cheap fruits, which are frequently tied on; but 
fruits that are manifested in good works, in caring 
for the needy, the fatherless, and widows, are 
genuine fruits, and grow naturally upon a good tree. 

   I've heard it argued - usually by 
incognito skeptics and critics in online conversations 
- that the "you" in God's calling and promises 
is almost always plural and that it refers to 
the group as a whole rather than the individuals 
within the group. In other words, God has related 
in Scripture to Israel and the church but not 
one-to-one with people. Individuals can experience Him 
indirectly and impersonally by getting in on God's plan 
for His people as a whole. But an intimate, 
personal relationship with Him isn't scriptural.  
   What complete nonsense. Groups can't have 
a heart-to-heart, face-to-face relationship. 
Only individual people can do that. That's why we 
were made in God's image - to relate to Him. In 
Scripture, we see Him coming to comfort Hagar in the 
desert, appealing through Paul on behalf of a slave 
named Onesimus, or, as in the verse above, 
tenderly reaching out to an out-cast woman at a well. 
It's true that God has a big-picture plan for 
Israel, other nations, and His church, but the God 
who made His universe out of amazingly intricate 
atoms and cell structures certainly has His eye on 
each of us as individual people. He is an 
intensely intimate God.  
   If you wonder sometimes if God is 
interested in connecting with others but not with you 
or if He's interested in the big picture but 
not the details of your life, remember Jesus' 
one-on-one interactions with a woman at a well, with 
lepers and outcasts, with disciples whom He loved, 
and more. Jesus, the exact representation of 
God, got personal with people. And He is always 
passionate about those who will come to Him in spirit 
and in truth.  
   Lord, You are the God of macro-universes 
and micro-organisms, and You have chosen to 
relate specifically to me. You do care about the 
details of my life and want to meet me in them, so I 
present them to You as a place for us to connect. 
[The One Year Experiencing Gods Presence 
Devotional by Chris Tiegreen] 

   It is always fascinating to me that we 
humans seemed to have split the true religion of 
God into many segments and parts. Have you 
noticed that too? Some of us are more comfortable 
with quiet, calm worship services; others among 
us like more spirited, exciting services. Some 
people like a minister who speaks calmly with 
reason; others prefer a minister who shouts and 
moves around a lot. "Different strokes for 
different folks" is the way the phrase goes.  
   Yet, I sometimes wonder if God is really 
concerned about our comfort. Rather, he may be more 
concerned with our spiritual completeness. And when we 
throw out the parts of his complete truth to suit 
ourselves, in order to be comfortable, do we not also 
throw out vital parts of the whole?  
   One well-known minister, Edgar DeWitt 
Jones, once addressed this issue by propounding the 
specifications of what he thought made a good minister:  
      He should get religion like a 
Methodist; experience it like a Baptist;  
      be sure of it like a Disciple; stick 
to it like a Lutheran; pray for it  
      like a Presbyterian; conciliate it 
like a Congregationalist; glorify it  
      like a Jew; be proud of it like an 
Episcopalian; practice it like a  
      Christian Scientist; propagate it like 
a Roman Catholic; work for it  
      like a Salvation Army lassie; and 
enjoy it like a Charismatic.  
   The question is, why do we have to give 
up anything? Why can we not include all the 
elements of truth? That way, no one would be 
comfortable or uncomfortable all the time, but we could 
all be complete all the time. What do you think? 
   Dear Father, forgive us for treating your 
worship like a meal at the cafeteria - just picking 
and choosing the parts we like. Instead, Father, 
please help us to worship you wholly, in spirit and 
in truth. Amen. [The One Year Devotional of Joy 
and Laughter by Mary Hollingsworth] 

   The flow of life surging and pulsing 
through me to refresh this weary old world must be 
from God Himself. It must be the continuous 
outpouring of His Presence by His Spirit which touches 
and transforms all around me. Any person naive 
enough, arrogant enough, stupid enough to believe 
that it is his or her own charm, charisma, or 
capabilities that change and enliven others, lives in 
utter self-delusion. 
   One of the terrible tragedies of human 
behavior is for people to turn to other human beings 
in an effort to find sustenance for their 
spirits. They are always deluded, ever disappointed. 
Our spirits can only find life in the Living 
Spirit of the Living Lord. Our eternal quest for 
life-giving water can only be quenched by the eternal 
life of God Himself coming to us through the 
hidden springs of His own person who indwells those 
who are open channels for His life. W. Phillip 
Keller [Time With God SB] 


   Don't think you are separated from God, 
he at the top end of a great ladder, you at the 
other. Dismiss any thought that God is on Venus 
while you are on earth. Since God is Spirit (John 
4:24), he is next to you: God himself is our roof. 
God himself is our wall. And God himself is our 
   Moses knew this. "Lord," he prayed, "you 
have been our home since the beginning" (Psalm 
90:1). What a powerful thought: God as your home. 
Your home is the place where you can kick off 
your shoes and eat pickles and crackers and not 
worry about what people think when they see you in 
your bathrobe. 
   Your home is familiar to you. No one has 
to tell you how to locate your bedroom  God 
can be equally familiar to you. With time you 
can learn where to go for nourishment, where to 
hide for protection, where to turn for guidance. 
Just as your earthly house is a place of refuge, 
so God's house is a place of peace. God's house 
has never been plundered, his walls have never 
been breached. [Grace For The Moment SB By Max 


   Come to Me with your plans held in 
abeyance. Worship Me in spirit and in truth, allowing 
My Glory to permeate your entire being. Trust 
Me enough to let Me guide you through this day, 
accomplishing My purposes in My timing. Subordinate your 
myriad plans to My Master Plan. I am sovereign over 
every aspect of your life!  
   The challenge continually before you is 
to trust Me and search for My way through each 
day. Do not blindly, follow your habitual route, 
or you will miss what I have prepared for you. 
As the heavens are higher than the earth, so 
are My ways higher than your ways and My 
thoughts than your thoughts. (John 4:24; Isa. 55:8, 
9) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 


If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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