“Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
John 4:21-24 NLT
As we experience the affect and impact that the coronavirus is wreaking throughout the world, it is evident that “the time has come…” A rapid change is taking place in the way we conduct church, business, relationships, school, etc.
Fortunately, technology is in place and improving to accommodate the changes that are necessary for practical survival and thriving in this new season, in this new way of life that is quickly upon us.
But are we ready for the change? Are we willing to make the necessary changes? Is there resistant within and/or stubbornness insisting continuing in on how it was and what has become comfortable?
Regardless as to how we are emotionally reacting to this change, we are pressed into a position where we have no choice but to change! The time has come when what is to be will be whether or not you or me agree!
But the best choice is to accept, humble ourselves and agree by doing what we must to more easily adjust and handle life from a different perspective. It is important to submit to the government suggestions and ordinances that are impacting the way we normally live. No longer can we stay in the old way of living. We are not given the option of fully processing these rapid changes. We must jump right in the boat and float with the waves, whether they are tumultuous or smooth and palatable! Our strength is in knowing that God is with us!
Jesus addressed the woman at the well, a woman that normally a Jew would not give a moments notice. He is demonstrating a new way. No one is better than anyone else! No one is less than anyone else! All people are accepted by God and should be accepted by His people.
Judging is not acceptable but loving with the Love of Lord is. Who do you despise? Is there a person, race, ethnicity, economic status, religious group, that you dislike, look down upon or even hate? God suggests that we hate what He hates but that we love people (in Matthew 5 Jesus tells us to love and do good to our enemies!).
After shocking the woman by talking to her, she responds with a question about worship. Actually, she was head on in addressing one of the major disagreements between them. She took courage and brought it out in the open.
What we don’t deal with, what we conceal will only cause more despise, destructive behaviors and attitudes, and gives greater place to the enemy of God (and of our souls) to wreak havoc in our lives! We must face the things that bring division or cause any negative relating or attitudes. We must admit wrong attitude, words and behavior as well as injustice as sin. Then make the appropriate responses, amends, repentance or whatever is required.
Jesus corrects the woman telling her that “the time is coming and now is…” In other words, where you do it (worship was the issue) is not the issue. The issue is that you do it and how you do it. This is our dilemma in current society.
God is demanding our attention. He is not looking for it in a building, at a conference, in a podcast, webinar, etc. These things are a matter of method. What God is looking for are people who will be like Him on earth. People who will recognize their need for Him and seek Him. People who will stand up and be who He called us to be doing the things that lead to advancing His Kingdom precepts and living out the Image in which He created us.
This is a Malachi 3:18 moment when the distinction between those who obey God and those who don’t will be clearly seen – right before our eyes! Also it is a time where God will begin to show Himself as the One in Charge especially in situations that appear impossible… He will get the glory and be lifted up!
But it is us who must recognize that this is the time! “The time has come when the true worshippers will worship the Lord in spirit and in truth.” This is the time when His way, His will, His purpose will prevail regardless as to the events of the world or the activities of man. It is time for us to choose this day whom we will serve meaning how we will live and engage life on a daily basis.
Some changes will be in the practical arena of life, use of technology relating to our churches, businesses, schools, retail, partnerships, etc. and changes in the mode and manner of our general living. But how we do what we do will proceed from the inside out. It will be based on a relationship with God, hearing and following His Voice on a regular basis. Then operating in a way that causes others to recognize that there is a difference between God’s way and the way of man.
The time has come for us to fully and more completely let the Light of Jesus Christ shine by fully aligning ourselves with the way of God in every aspect of our lives no matter where that may be!
Note: If you do not understand the gist of this writing, it may be that you do not have a relationship with God which comes through accepting Jesus Christ as Lord & Savior. You can do that anywhere. As a matter of fact, you can do it right now by telling God that you are sorry for not pursuing a relationship with Him. Then asking Jesus Christ to come into your heart allowing Him to be your Lord & Savior. This will allow you to enter into a new way of life that equips you with the spiritual resources necessary to make it through life the way God intended from the beginning!
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