““You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth”” (John 4:22–24)
In the conversation with the Samaritan woman Jesus started asking her for a drink of water and later He was talking about worship. In worship, when we only give to God what we have it will always be limited, but if we learn to receive from Him, to drink from Him, we will never be thirsty again.
God is looking for a relationship with us, and not for what we think we can offer to Him. When we worship, we are participating in the perfect offering of worship that Jesus Christ is to the Father. Worship is our response to a relationship that is based on the grace of God and not on our own merits and works. When it is based on what we can do we will forever live under fear, fear of rejection, fear of not doing enough, fear of not performing right.
“For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him” (Romans 8:14–17).
We can have a relationship of fear or a relationship of love and trust. When our worship is based on the Grace of God by the Son through the Holy Spirit, it is not based on what we can do, but on what God “HAS DONE!”