We are all worshippers! Every single person you’ve ever met is a worshipper. We often see only those who go to church on Sunday, Temple on Saturday or a Mosque on Friday as worshippers. But all of mankind is reverencing, pursuing and serving, something or someone — a person, an idea, a spirit or God through Christ Jesus.
No one you’ve ever seen or encountered is exempt from this truth. We are all in daily, constant pursuit — desiring, pursuing and serving, something or someone. Every human being is made in God’s image and after His likeness and we are all in constant pursuit of peace — freedom from anxiety and a sense that everything essential is in place; we are all in constant pursuit of purpose – a deep sense of fulfillment in and from our daily activities; and we’re all in pursuit of praiseworthiness – a deep sense of identity and worth. It is these basic and shared needs that make us all worshippers.
God is our greatest need and our only true supply. He wants our worship. He doesn’t want our empty, repetitious acts, performed in an attempt to get some other object of affection. God needs to be the one we crave and are unwilling to do without. Nothing drives us, shapes us and ultimately defines us more than what we worship. John 4 — “The Woman at the Well” is an account entirely about worship. Jacob’s well represented much more than the essential need of water for the Samaritans. Jacob dug this well on his own purchased plot. The well this woman was drawing from was sacred and believed to be the very spot where their asserted ancestor had dug his well and built his altar. The history of the place and their proclaimed patriarch meant peace with God, purpose in His plan and gave praiseworthiness — value and identity to these people. The Samaritans worshipped this well and the place it sat upon. They came to it to meet their basic needs but they also looked to it to meet their deepest needs. We all share the same basic needs and the same deeper need. Our lives are shaped by our worship — how we seek to meet our basic and deeper needs.
This woman had likely been coming to this well all of her life. She had been coming to Jacob’s well on this sacred mountain but she was still thirsty and her needs were still unmet. She’d been worshipping at the wrong well. Jesus — the well of living water — points out her six illicit relationships to prove to her who He is and how inadequate Jacob’s well is as an object of worship. It has shaped her life.
She has no peace, she has no sense of purpose and she is known as anything but praiseworthy. She is the least among her people (Samaritan, Woman, Unwed, Been in 5 illicit relationships, Living unmarried with a man now). She worships at the wrong well. Her being there at high noon (the worst time to go for water in that region) by herself, is proof enough of just how far she has fallen and just how futile her worship there is. She hides from others out of shame. Even though she is with a man, she is really alone.
God is man’s greatest need — But my God shall supply all of your need. We will worship the Creator seeking Him and living in His truth or we will worship the creation seeking life in a well with stagnant water. To worship in spirit and truth is to go to God as the source for our most basic and our deepest needs. Where we go shapes us, our hearts and our lives. The Father is seeking worshippers. The Father made us to be worshippers. May we all seek and drink from the Right Well — Jesus.
perfect God. perfecting people.