DAILY VIDEO DEVOTIONAL
If you were to die right now, do you have confidence that you’ve done what you were created to do with your life? When my life comes to an end, I want to know that I did with my life what God created me to do. That’s truly a victorious Christian life. The key to doing that lies in understanding your purpose in life. Purpose isn’t derived from our great achievements or how much wealth or influence we’ve acquired. When we get to heaven, God’s not going to ask us about our financial holdings. He’s not going to want to know how much influence, power, or possessions we accrued. When our lives draw to a conclusion, all of those things will be meaningless.
So what is the real purpose of life? God created us to know, love, and worship Him. I believe that deep in the heart of every man, woman, boy, and girl is a deep, innate desire to worship the God who created them. That’s why there are so many religions. That’s why, as soon as freedom came to formerly communist countries, religion immediately began to flourish. Though the people had been taught all of their lives that there is no God, something deep within them cried out to know and worship the true and living God. We were created with a profound longing to worship God.
That brings us to a second question: What is true worship? If there are so many religions and beliefs, which one is right? It’s impossible for all of them to be right; they often contradict one another. Hindus worship a multiplicity of gods, while Muslims worship only one. Jews worship one God also. Yet Jews and Muslims often fight one another. Who’s right? Where do the true worshipers worship? Jesus was asked that same question nearly 2,000 years ago.
A Samaritan woman asked Jesus about the location of true worship. Jesus said something that should cause every person on this planet to do a lot of introspection. He said, “A time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks” (John 4:23).
But what does it mean to worship in spirit? In the chapter before the story of the Samaritan woman, Jesus told one of the most religious men in Israel that if he or anyone else is to enter the kingdom of heaven, they must be born of the Spirit. Before we can worship in spirit, we must be born of the Spirit of God. Religion is the expression of man attempting to appease God with external rituals. But true worship is the deep worship that results from one’s faith in Christ, which produces a spiritual birth in our lives.
When Christ came into my heart, I no longer just went through the outward form of religion. I began to worship from the deepest part of my being. I began to worship in Spirit. The greatest joy in my life has resulted from those times of deep, intimate worship of Jesus Christ. Victorious, joyful Christian living comes from worshiping the Savior from the deepest part of our heart.
If you want to experience victory, begin to do what you were created to do. Find a time and a place — and worship Jesus. You’ll be amazed at how much your perspective in life will change when you’ve been doing what God created you to do.
7) When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8) (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 9) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a]) 10) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” 11) “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12) Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” 13) Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14) 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.” 15) The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” 16) He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” 17) “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18) The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” 19) “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20) Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” 21) “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22) You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23) Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24) God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
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Sammy Tippit told his fiancée, “I can’t promise we’ll be rich, but life won’t be boring.”
Sammy had no idea what an understatement that would become. Beginning in the bars of Baton Rouge and the nightclubs of Chicago, Tippit has shared the news of life-changing faith in Christ all over the world – including in the middle of a revolution in Romania, the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, and war in Burundi and the Congo.
Sammy’s lifelong adventure has come at a great price. He’s been cursed, threatened, arrested, deported, and blacklisted. He’s also been personally broken, ravaged with illness, and devastated by grief.
Yet he continues to preach to in stadiums, in open fields, and via satellite technology to hundreds of thousands around the globe. For all other books…
About Sammy Tippit Ministries
STM has been providing inspiration and help around the world for nearly 50 years. Sammy Tippit, founder and president, is a world renowned counselor, teacher and evangelist with experience serving and helping people in over 80 countries. Sammy provides materials that help people tackle a broad array of social, societal, psychological and spiritual issues. He is particularly passionate about making materials accessible to other countries around the world. Sammy is married to Debara “Tex” Tippit, and they have two children and five grandchildren.
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