John 4 is one of the best chapters in the Bible when it comes to the topic of worship. Jesus meets a Samaritan woman by a well and begins a dialogue with her. He explains to her that he can offer water that will never leave one thirsty again. After Jesus reveals to her that he is aware of her personal life, she perceives he is a prophet and asks him this question:
“So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?”
Preferences. Even back in Jesus’ day, when it came to worship, people had preferences. If this dialogue was happening today, she would have asked, “Is it hymns or praise songs? Is it contemporary or traditional? Is it upbeat or slow? Is it loud or soft?”
What is interesting about this passage is how Jesus answers her question — what really matters is what the Father thinks. The Father calls a true worshiper one who worships in spirit and truth — everything I am for everything he is. In fact, God is actually seeking those who will worship him that way. That’s it.
So, if that’s it, I need to ask myself if I am simply becoming what God is seeking. Do I come to a worship service with my list of preferences or do I come desiring to bless the Lord?
My hope and desire is that only one word can describe White River worship — authentic.
– Jay LeBlanc