The biblical meaning of Worship is to bow, to be in reverence and adoration of the living God.
Therefore, any other worship is idolatry. When we talk about worship, there is a passage that readily comes to mind, and that’s John 4:24 – “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Jesus need to pass through you to touch someone
The genesis of this powerful scripture is seen from verse 3 He left Judea and departed again for Galilee.
But for better understanding let’s start from the very first verse: Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John.
Verse 2: (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples),
Verse 3: he left Judea and departed again for Galilee.
Verse 4: And he had to pass through Samaria.
Jesus left Judea and departed to Galilee but he has to pass through Samaria.
Do you know that for every praise and worship session there is a life God wants to touch. The Bible says for Jesus to get to Judea he must go through Samaria. He has to pass through you to touch others.
You are the connecting point, what a humble responsibility. It can’t be overemphasized. I have personally been under worship atmosphere and received an assurance and peace about situations in my life. Likewise, I have had people share their testimonies about being visited during worship sessions.
God is more than willing to attend to every life as we genuinely and intentionally lead in worship. God must go through someone, And that person is you.
Jesus rides through your worship
This is a great honor and high responsibility that we are like the donkey, Jesus rides into lives by the power of His spirit. Talking about colt.
In Mathew 21: 1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples.
2. Saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me.
3. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.“
4. This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
5: Say to Daughter Zion,
‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ NIV.
You got work to do
Fellow worship leader, you must recognize that you are that person that God wants to use to minister to the broken heart, lift up the weary, salvation to the unsaved, healing to the sick.
You, yes you are the avenue which Jesus will go through, are you willing and flexible enough? When you are aware of what God is capable of doing and what he can do through your worship session it will help you to prepare more.
God is still in the business of changing lives in worship.
Understanding your responsibility as a worship leader will help you a great deal to seek His face the more. Anything can happen during Worship, worship session is glory time.
Come unto me
Going back to our main texts: John 4:5 So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
Verse 6: Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.
To be tired, weary, afraid and most times not even sure about tomorrow is something that is real.
The Bible recorded that Jesus was wearied even on his journey and thus sat on the well.
As long as we are still in this body, we will experience such. And I know that you can relate with this. The ups and downs of life. It’s either you just passed through one. Or You are in one, or about to.
But what can we draw out of this particular verse – when Jesus got wearied in his journey he sat by the well.
What an opportunity to refresh. Any time we feel weary, it’s the time to sit by the well.
The well of worship. The well is where the weary is revived, the depressed, confused and discouraged are lifted, the ugly made beautiful, the hopeless, hopeful.
In Verse 24: Jesus himself confirms – but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Mathew 11:28-Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
God will meet you first
Another important point is that when God pass-through a place it does not leave it the same. Same When He uses a vessel.
Verse 28: So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people,
29: Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?“
God went through Samaria and the story of the land became a testimony not only that the Samaria woman got a miracle but also everyone that heard her encounter with the Savior never remained the same.
Verse 39: Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.
At times, you feel overwhelmed and you have to stand up there to lead, this is a word of encouragement for you that it does not matter what the problem is, be rest assured that God will fix you first before anyone else.
By the well, Jesus met the Samaritan woman and worship was redefined.
Verse 21- Jesus said to her,”Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.
22- You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
23-But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.
Jesus walked her through what real worship means and what God expect from our worship. Before then, her conception of worship was different. No more did she worship from afar.
At the place of worship, salvation takes place. Sinners should not be comfortable in their sins. Sinners may come the way are BUT should not remain unchanged. The meeting at the well said it all. A place of worship is a place of re dedication.
At any point in leading worship, you are led to give an altar call, why not? No better time!
Psalm 24:3 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place?
4: He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.
Ponder on these
Every worship leader must understand that he/she is a meeting point where Jesus meet lives
Oftentimes, we face situations beyond our control, we feel weak, discouraged! It’s alright to feel weary, it should remind us that it’s time to sit by the well to be refreshed and be revived.
Until you spend time in your secret place of worship, leading worship will barely be a thing of norm, a routine and tradition.
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