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Thirsty Sinners and True Worshipers

Series: Believing
Passage: John 4:16-26

Last Sunday, we began our study of the encounter and ensuing conversation that Jesus had with a Samaritan woman at a well. She had come to draw physical water but Jesus knew she had an even deeper thirst, a spiritual thirst, that only He could satisfy.

As we pick up where we left off last Sunday, John reveals how deeply Jesus wanted the Samaritan woman to receive Him as her Savior and understand that only in doing so, would she ever truly worship God in Spirit and truth. True worship involves:

1. Recognizing Our Need for Jesus:

  • Acknowledging our need: Like the Samaritan woman, we must realize our spiritual thirst. Until we do, we will continue to seek fulfillment in the wrong places.
  • Receiving and believing: Merely recognizing our need is not enough. We must receive and believe in Jesus as the source of living water. Without this, our thirst remains unquenched.

2. Truly Worshiping God:

  • Focus on the Person: Jesus redirected the woman’s focus from the place of worship to the person she worshipped. True worship transcends physical locations; it is about a personal relationship with God.
  • Spirit and Truth: Genuine worship involves our entire being. It is not just external rituals but an inward reality. We worship in spirit, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and in truth, aligning with the revelation of God’s Word.

In conclusion, the story of the Samaritan woman teaches us that our deepest thirst can only be satisfied by Jesus. As we receive Him, our worship transforms from a ritualistic practice to a vibrant relationship. Let us come to Jesus, drink deeply of His living water, and worship Him in spirit and truth.

This encounter at the well is not just a historical event but a timeless lesson for us today. Are you aware of your spiritual thirst? Have you received Jesus as the only one who can satisfy it? True worship begins with a recognition of our need for Jesus and culminates in a life surrendered to Him. May we be true worshipers who seek Him with all our hearts, for He alone can quench our deepest thirsts.

Donny Yarbrough

Donny Yarbrough


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