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What is worship?
Worship is not the slow song that the choir sings. Worship is not the amount you place in the offering basket. Worship is not volunteering in children's church. Yes, these may be acts or expressions of worship, but they do not define what true worship really is. There are numerous definitions of the word worship. Yet, one in particular encapsulates the priority we should give to worship as a spiritual discipline: Worship is to honor with extravagant love and extreme submission (Webster's Dictionary,1828).
True worship, in other words, is defined by the priority we place on who God is in our lives and where God is on our list of priorities. True worship is a matter of the heart expressed through a lifestyle of holiness. Thus, if your lifestyle does not express the beauty of holiness through an extravagant or exaggerated love for God, and you do not live in extreme or excessive submission to God, then I invite you to make worship a non-negotiable priority in your life.
Your Rhema Verse of the Day:
From John 4:23
"Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks."
This verse is important for two reasons. One is that this is part of Jesus' correction on the meaning of worship. The Samaritan woman tried to change the subject from her sin, by asking Jesus to resolve an old spiritual debate of where worship should occur: at Mount Gerizim or at the temple of Jerusalem? Rather than deferring the subject, Jesus shows that "true" worship of God is not tied to a location, but to the intent of one's heart.
Secondly, This verse is critical for what it says about the Samaritan woman who has lived an immoral lifestyle (John 4:16–18), so much that she has been rejected, even among the outcast Samaritans. But Jesus broke down culturual and social barriers to speak to her and model forgiveness because This woman needed to know that she was wanted, loved, and valued.
The Samaritan woman was looking to fill her spiritual void with a series of relationships so naturally, at first she did not understand what Jesus meant by a spring of living water, leaving no more thirst (John 4:13–14). However after what she says in the next verse, it seems to be dawning on her what Jesus is really speaking of.
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