Wednesday, July 5 – Acts 17:22-24

Jul 4, 2023

So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I see that you are very religious in all respects. For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore, what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything that is in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made by hands.”

 

In everyday conversation, it’s not unusual to hear God’s name. Common phrases include, “God bless you!” “Good Lord!” and so many more. People frequently use God’s name but don’t truly know Him. Many people are familiar with Christian values but don’t know Jesus as Lord and Savior. As this passage reminds us, language can be saturated with religion and the name of God, but we can still completely miss who He is.

 

When we know God only in part, He will feel distant to us like He was to the people in Athens. The good news for us today is the same as was for them: our God does not dwell in temples made by hands. He is Immanuel, God with us. Second Corinthians 5:18-19 says, “Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their wrongdoings against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” Because of Jesus, God is no longer far away. Through Jesus alone, we can be reconciled to God and enter His family. It is not through our works, using His name, attending church, or even holding to certain Christian values that we truly know God. God is real to us, near to us, and alive in us as we lay down our crosses and follow His Son, Jesus.

 

  • Have you come to know God personally through Jesus? What changed in your life after that? If not, how is God calling you to respond today?
  • How do people you know talk about God? Who talks about God like they know Him?
  • Pray that God would give you wisdom in the way you speak of God. Ask God for the opportunity to share God’s hope with others.
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