Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Acts 17:22-29 NLT
[22] So Paul, standing before the council, addressed them as follows: “Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious in every way, [23] for as I was walking along I saw your many shrines. And one of your altars had this inscription on it: ‘To an Unknown God.’ This God, whom you worship without knowing, is the one I’m telling you about. [24] “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, [25] and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. [26] From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries. [27] “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. [28] For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ [29] And since this is true, we shouldn’t think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone.

Reflection . . .

So many in today’s world have built shrines to gods they don’t even know they have. Just as Paul experienced such a plethora of altars to the gods of Athens, so we encounter people offering their time, energy and lives to anything and everything too!

What are you spending your time doing? Do you spend more time playing on your cell phone or TV and movies than in the Word of God? Where we spend our time and what we spend our money on is a reflection of where our values are.

If indeed we live and move in Him, Christ Jesus, then we are not living to meet his needs and we are not living for him to meet our needs. We are living for His purpose (vs. 27) to help the nations seek after Him.