Jesus said to the woman at the well, "The hour is coming and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks those who will worship him in spirit and in truth. God is Spirit and they that worship him must worship in spirit and in truth." - John 4:23-34
These words you spoke to that woman in Samaria so many years ago both haunt and help me. It's so easy to reduce worship to outward activities while my heart is far from you. But you challenge me to ask myself if I truly believe, if I truly want to be good, if I truly love you and the Father. I have to admit that every day my inner worship is mixed; some for you and some for myself and this world. I repent. You made me and saved me. I want to serve you with my whole heart, even when no one is looking. I know your word and your grace. I believe them too. Help me fight the urge to dangerously take them both for granted and just do my own thing. Give me the grace and love I need to smile at temptation as I kick it out of my life.
Pastor Don Patterson
On any given moment we can fall away from grace or come back to it.