Wednesday, August 15, 2012

To the Unknown God

Good Morning world!  While reading my Bible this morning I read something that I felt compelled to share.

 In Acts 17 Paul is in Athens walking through the Areopagus.  For those of you that don't know what the Areopagus is, it was a temple built to house the many Gods that the Athenians worshiped.  In verse 23 Paul says "for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: 'TO THE UNKNOWN GOD' "

Today, I walk through your temple.... the temple called of your life.   As I walk through your life, do I find many altars set up to different gods in your life?  Do I see altars to the god of children; the god of work; the god of achievement; the god of food; the god of self love and the god of religion?  Are there other altars that no one knows about but you?  Do I see an alter to "the unknown God?"

Paul went on to say this in verses 24-28 "Therefore, the One whom you worship with out knowing, Him I proclaim to you: God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.  Nor is He worshiped with men's hands as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.  And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of you own poets have said 'For we are also His offspring.' "

Here is what I believe God wants us to understand about Paul's experience in Athens.  I believe God wants us to see Paul's experience and use it to apply to our life today.  What Paul saw in the Areopagus was many alters made for worship of different gods.  Then lastly, somewhat as a "catch-all" there was the alter to the "unknown God".  Just in case we forgot to worship something.... here's the "catch-all" god.   Paul's experience as he walked through that temple was probably difficult.  I bet his heart broke as he thought "You worship everything and everyone but the real God, the one you call "Unknown."

How ironic they would call Him "The Unknown God" because though they worshipped a carving to Him, He really was unknown to them.   As I walk through your life, is their an alter to "The Unknown God" ?

If so, let me introduce you to the One true God just like Paul did to those people in Athens.  Meet the God who knows everything about you because He made you.   He is all around you, in every part of the earth and makes everything breath.  As you walk on the ground outside your front door, you walk on His ground and His creation.  He is part of everything around and in you.  He appointed this time as the time you would live on the earth, in this part of the world, in this country, on this street.  Your life was appointed to you at this time in history with the hope that you would worship Him not as "Unknown" but as "Known", as your personal God, Savior and Lord.  For you are His offspring, created for more than just this small blip of time on the earth.

Make Him "Known" in your life by saying  "Jesus, I make my only altar to you." 

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