Jn.4:23 – But a time is coming, and even now has arrived, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.
When Jesus made His intentional journey through Samaria He was being very specific, He was looking for worshippers. Since the fall in the garden that has been His quest. You see man’s separation from God was catastrophic. We can no longer see the Lord as He is. His greatness, kindness, generosity, and His power were all masked from us. Jesus came to remove that mask and bring us face to face with goodness. The amazing thing in this story is how Jesus did it. He went to Samaria; this was shocking because Samaritans had corrupted the teachings of the Bible and had become a mixed race with one of their conquerors, the Assyrians. To make matters worse Jesus targeted a woman who had been married five times and was living with a man she was not married to. What a strange way to look for a worshipper.
How did Jesus go about creating a worshipper? He began by unveiling His greatness. He spoke about who He is and the gift of the Holy Spirit that He came to offer. Bringing this woman into this light is where the first worshipper in Samaria was created. This is exactly what the Lord is doing today. Here is what John Piper says about worship.
“If God’s reality is displayed to us in His Word or His world and we do not then feel in our heart any grief or longing or hope or fear or awe or joy or gratitude or confidence, then we may dutifully sing and pray and recite and gesture as much as we like, but it will not be real worship. We cannot honor God if our “heart is far from him.” Worship is a way of gladly reflecting back to God the radiance of His worth. This cannot be done by mere acts of duty. It can be done only when spontaneous affections arise in the heart. And these affections for God are an end in themselves. They are the essence of eternal worship.”
So nothing has changed in our modern world, Jesus is still looking for worshippers; He often looks in unexpected places. He may find a worshipper in a young woman who has lost her way in addiction and promiscuity, or it may be in a youth who has drifted into a world of anger and robbery, or it could even be the businessman who has lost his way in compromise to become a “success”. He may even find this worshipper in you. Let Him open your eyes to His greatness, when that happens worship is not an option, His greatness demands it.