“Ye worship ye know not what:” – Jn 4:22 KJV
The scripture today refers to the conversation between Jesus Christ and a woman from Samaria by a well. The conversation which started from the demand of Jesus Christ for water from this woman who is aware of the feeling of superiority and disregard that Jews have for Samaritans progressed to the stage where the woman felt she needed to clear the air about a confusion she had. Being convinced about the spirituality of Jesus Christ she decided to clear the air on the argument as to the most appropriate location to worship God.
The response of Christ must have come as a surprise to her as Jesus emphatically said that despite their zeal to worship, they were only worshipping a personality that they did not know. In effect they were ignorant of the person they claimed to be worshipping so the exercise was more of one in futility.
Imagine all the effort that has been put into worship by all parties only to be told that it was a wasted effort or at best unnecessary in order to achieve the aims of worship. Imagine what level of result they would have achieved if they had matched their zeal with knowledge of the one to be worshipped – Prov. 19:2.
Christians today need to take a step back to answer the simple question which is – how much do I know of the person I claim to be worshipping. This is because there is the high possibility that the act of worship could be a waste and could account for the non manifestation of expected rewards of worship.
The average Christian in answering the above question today will be quick to assert that he/she is worshipping the Almighty God after all he/she attends a church where the Bible is being preached by a very fluent personality who has identified himself as a man of God (Acts 18:24-26) and he/she is not only regular at services but also fully involved in all activities in the local assembly (Acts 8:27-32) but is this really sufficient proof that the individual knows the Almighty God.
Some may be quick to let us know how they were baptised (Acts 19:1-7) and possibly are now manifesting the gifts of the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:11-20) but would that confirm knowledge of God? Some may refer to the prosperity that has been their lot since their introduction to their new Christian group (Acts 10:1-6) but is that really a measure of how much knowledge of the Almighty God that they possess? Some may even refer to their position in their church and how long they have been within the Christian fold (Matt. 23:2-32) but one doubts if that is enough proof that they know the God that they are serving.
Today, readers need to do a deep introspection and answer the question sincerely. The number of times you listened to that beautiful Ministration by your spiritual leader or the number of times you have read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation is completely irrelevant. What is most important will be how much of the Almighty that you can see in all these Christian activities – Ps. 19:1-4.
The scripture today reveals that the Almighty God is Spirit which implies that the individual needs to spiritually meet with Him (Ps. 42:7) as that is the only way that the realm of worship can be attained. The physical person may be seated but only the spiritual person can see Him and by implication know Him. You cannot know whom you have never met. The description of Him that was given to you may be very apt but that will still not be enough to claim you know Him. If you have never met him, then at best you partly know him. Meeting Him is interacting with Him spiritually and the more that is done, the more your knowledge of Him improves.
Your meeting place is the time of meditation on His Words. You will definitely know Him if you not only read or listen to His Words but you meditate on them – Josh. 1:8. Learn to mediate and spend time meditating on His Words today and your knowledge of Him will definitely improve. May God help us to know Him better. Amen.