JOHN 4:13-16: “Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” (NKJV)
OBSERVATION: I’m ok. You’re ok. Or…am I? Today we live in a culture of relativism. Truth is seen as relative to what works for me. There is really no absolute truth, and whatever line of absolute truth we once thought existed is continually being moved. And, as long as we move it in the name of “love” and “tolerance” it is acceptable.
There is also another deception that is prevalent in our culture. That is personal relativism. This takes the overall principle of cultural relativism and gives it a personal twist. It does not really matter what I do in my life, as long as it does not affect anyone else’s life. The deception in this is that this opinion is built on a false premise. It believes that we live completely independently from one another. It is like believing that one can through a rock into a pool of water and not cause any ripple or disruption.
What is the motive behind this pervasive spirit of relativism? It is nothing new. It is our desire to enter into all the benefits and blessings of life, without any rules, and without any sacrifice. It is like a person wanting to be an olympic gold medal winner while they eat fried chicken on their couch watching other people train and run. The woman at the well was such a person. When she heard about the living water that Jesus was offering, she wanted in! Imagine, never having to carry that heavy water pot to the well again. Wow! This is something she wanted in on!
What was Jesus’ response? It seemed very strange at cursory reading. Jesus said – “Go, call your husband and come here.” This stopped the woman cold in her tracks. How did Jesus know? Why would He ask such a question? The woman had been married five different times, and now was in new relationship with a man – but was not married. This seemed an odd request, so the woman did what we too often do. The woman got religious. She started looking for a “religious loophole” around Jesus’ question. “Where should we worship?”, she asked Jesus. Perhaps He would forget His question and get back to telling her about the benefits and blessings of this living water.
Jesus did answer her question, but not in the way she expected. Jesus called her to true worship. It had nothing to do about location or method. It had everything to do about her heart and God’s truth. The only way to be a true worshipper of God, to receive the living water of life (His Spirit), is through repentance and faith. In order to repent (and be born again of the spirit) one must acknowledge God’s truth. That means that one must deal with their sin. Without acknowledging truth, there will be no knowledge of sin. Without a knowledge of sin, there will be no repentance. Without repentance, there will be no redemption. Without redemption, there can be no worship.
It seems today many are filling their bottles of living water from the backyard garden hose. They are attempting to keep everything in their life the way they like it, while enjoying the benefits and blessings of the Lord. They want to drink of the living water – but they don’t want to go and “get their husband”. We are all guilty of this. There is “relativism” in all of our hearts and lives. And if we defend and protect it we will never be able to enter fully into the true worship of God. Worship is not about music, lighting, and the right atmosphere. Worship is about spirit and truth. Worship is about repentant and transparent hearts laying down everything that does not agree with the Truth of God’s Word, and coming before Him as living sacrifices. This is our call, and this is the only way to be a true worshipper of the Father.
Lord, this morning, help me to be a true worshipper. Help me to come to you in spirit and in truth. Create in me a clean heart, renew in me a right spirit. Fill me anew with Your Holy Spirit and let me rejoice in Your salvation. Give me grace to not walk in a judgmental spirit toward others, but to always walk in the balance of love and truth. This morning I lay any spirit of “relativism” at the foot of Your Cross.
In Jesus Name!