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. John 4:21-24
The word faith, trust, and believe can be used interchangeably. Woman, trust Me, Woman have faith in Me, Woman, believe Me when I say to you, where you worship will not be a location, but who and how you worship. A true worshiper will worship the Father in spirit and truth.
It was true that the oracle, revelations of Jesus Christ, had been committed to the Jews, and it was through the Jews that the Savior had come. Jesus wanted Olivia (the Woman at the well) to understand that nothing had changed, His commandments were clear and still binding, and their manner of worship had become corrupted.
I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me… Exodus 20:2-5
Instead of focusing on a place, Jerusalem or Mount Gerizim, Jesus directs Olivia’s attention to the heart that must be born again of Spirit and water,
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. John 3:5
Only the Holy Spirit can purify the soul because religion was never meant to confine a person to a location. Our worship must honor and glorify God, leading to a daily renewed heart and mind, a total surrender, and the excepting of God’s word. For it is this type of worship, God is seeking.
Let’s pause for a moment…
At every turn, Olivia is challenged more deeply. I love that about God; He doesn’t give up on us. He knows if He gets our
attention and allows the Holy Spirit access to our hearts, the revelations, and the truths about Himself, we transform us.
That is what ministry is allowed about. He is changing us. Yes, it will build up His kingdom, but if we don’t change, if we are not daily experience a new birth, our work will be in vain. Remember what the apostle Paul shared,
And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not." 1 Corinthians 15:14-15.
The power of the gospel lies in the fact that it is true. All of it. If the ministry we are called to steward does not explain the gospel in its true light, if the gospel is not daily transforming us, then the work we do for Christ is in vain. Paul further states:
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
The work we do for the Lord is no light matter. He takes it very seriously because souls are at stake. Jesus has a right to expect us to give Him our all. To be the best mentally, physically, and spiritually so we do not hinder the gospel moving forward. Whatever the obstacle, whatever the sin, whatever the issue, let nothing stop us from turning to God, falling on our knees, and surrendering our hearts and mind, and any issues separating us from God.
The gospel is the power of God. It is the plan of salvation, and because of that, the Father seeks to be worshipped in spirit and in truth. John 4:21-24. It's the least we can do for all that Christ has done for us.