John 4:21-24 “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
It has been a beautiful summer here in the Midwest of the United States. One that you can easily take for granted if you do not stop to appreciate that which is right before you.
As the events of this day unfold, there are people that God will place in my way to minister to and those who will do the same for me. His working in my life and through my life for these many years is one that has been a source of great joy. As I live and strive to live in the Spirit more each day, I see opportunities to worship arise that I hadn’t seen previously.
To worship Him in the mundane and the routine. I recognize that not all of life is an adventure. Not all of my life is meant to be an utter paradigm shift in my thinking or my path of life. I believe that at times, God wants our constancy and consistency as much as our obedience and submission.
Routine can sometimes dull the senses to such things. Then, when something new comes along, we see the new shiny thing and go after it like a young calf sees an open gate. We go after it not realizing that we are not just leaving the familiar, but, also the protection and provision God has given to us as well.
Something new came into the life of this woman that Jesus met at the well. Jesus was calling her to leave the things she knew as familiar and routine. Her line of questioning hit at the very root of what it was she believed.
As Jesus walked her to the door of salvation, He revealed Himself as the One she was looking for and worshipping all along. Not only was she saved, but her whole village had the opportunity to hear the same message because she went and told them. We often need to force ourselves out of our routine when it involves the gospel.
I can accept the fact that I hand out gospel tracts and that I have had a few conversations with folks that opened their eyes about their need to trust Christ. But, I cannot settle for just going. I must push myself to want to see fruit.
Often, that fruit comes with a sacrifice of time, energy, end effort.
Today, you may be asked to do something above and beyond what is typical for you on a Sunday. If you know it is from God, follow it and see where it leads.
Hebrews 3:14-15 “For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.”
We should not want to be as those Israelites who saw the miraculous deliverance from Egypt and still wanted to return to the old and familiar instead of following that which God had provided.
God may want to answer your prayer – just not in the manner you expect Him to.
See you in church!