I was asked to share at our little local church, and I went back to John 4. I always learn something from this Samaritan woman. Okay, well from Jesus’ conversation with her, but you know what I mean.
I shared on four key areas that can hold us back from the truth:
1. Our past John 4:17-16
2. Our beliefs John 4:20
3. Our perceived importance (or insignificance) John 4:9
4. Our activities (busyness) John 4:15
What really jumped out at me when I was reading this story again was the Samaritan woman’s statement in John 4:20. She has just had her business read to her, as Jesus confronts her on her sin, and she basically asks, “Who is right in their religious practices, the Jews or the Samaritans.”
I feel that I have often let my beliefs get in the way of the truth. I want to be right to such a degree that sometimes I can’t recognize the truth even when The Truth is staring me in the face.
I pray that I can be the worshiper that Jesus talks about in John 4:23, and I love the way Eugene Peterson words it in The Message
Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.
Just thought I’d share.