Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Unknown God

November 26: Acts 17:1-18:18

22 So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.
Acts 17:22-25

The Unknown God

Paul's spirit was troubled; as he walked through the streets of Athens, he saw idol after idol. Imagine his surprise when he found an altar with this inscription, "To the unknown god." When you think about it, the Greeks were very perceptive; though they worshipped idol after idol, they still had a sense that there was a "god" they were missing.

As you look all around you, you will notice that the unbelievers are always pursuing dreams that never satisfy. They never fill the empty void within. Most often, like the Greeks, they have no idea what or whom they are really seeking.

Paul used this altar as a stepping stone to declare the Lord Jesus Christ to the Greeks. Look at what he said, What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.

We are prone to think that because we do not have an in-depth knowledge of the Scriptures, we should not even try to explain the Gospel of Christ to people. We are too worried that they will ask a question that we cannot answer, or worse yet, that they will ridicule us.

But, the person most able to reach a person for Christ is the one who lives and/or works around them. First, we share the Gospel by our life which is wholly devoted to God and obedient to Him. Then, as they make comments about our Christ-like character, we use these opportunities to share Christ. Often the most antagonistic person is the one who will, in time, become a Christian.

I have never been one to force myself upon people; in my experience, God actually brings people to me.

Pray that God would use your life as a testimony to declare "The Unknown God" to those around you, and pray for their salvation. Our God answers prayer!

God Bless You,

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