22Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with the inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship-and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.
24“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. 26From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
29“Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone-an image made by human design and skill. 30In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:22-31)
Paul speaks a word of truth to the people of Athens. The Greek people had long followed their Hellenistic Gods but at the turn of history, as BC became the year of our Lord , many Greek philosophers were challenging the thought of the ancient Greek Gods. Plato often referenced a single God and not the multiple Gods of Greek Mythology. Socrates wrote about hearing a “divine” voice. Then Paul arrived and brought a new message of clarity to the Greek people. It would be centuries down the road before Christianity became the main religion of Greece, but the Book of Acts records Paul’s initial explanation of God and Jesus. Throughout time, man has struggled with their place in this universe and their connection to a Creator or God. For ages God spoke to many prophets and philosophers until He finally sent Jesus to Earth to make a lasting connection between us and Heaven. Now we all have a clear, precise guide to living and to eternal salvation. But for some reason the world struggles with this fact more as time goes by instead of growing stronger in our faith. There is a resurgence in interests in the Greek gods when many question Christianity and find ways to devalue the truth of Jesus. This is our greatest tragedy in our time. That we feel like Christianity is somehow binding us or trapping our society. The comments I read while researching the rise of Christianity in Greece are appalling. Christianity teaches everyone to love one another, love God and all of creation, treat one another with respect, lift up the broken and poor, and help the sick. I’m not sure why any of those characteristics would bind a society. I know it is my purpose to bring everyone to know Christ, but sometimes I just think that maybe keeping Heaven a little less crowded would not be such a bad thing after all.
Reading plan: Acts 19:1-22
Deeper reading plan: Job 4, 5, 6
Prayer and meditation: Pray for the sick, pray for the lost and their loved ones. Pray for redemption for this lost world. Pray for a reviving rattle to shake COVID off this planet. And continue to pray for all those in medical professions, grocery stores, supply chain operators, first responders, and the amazing teachers still doing all they can to teach the students they love so much. Pray for all the businesses trying to recover and keep their associates able to provide for their families. Pray that the world reopens without a surge of new COVID outbreaks. And pray that the world has undergone a lasting change and the flame of revival has been lit!
Fitness challenge: Sprint work. The ladder sprints were fun but we only have two more days of sprints this month, so we’re going to do some good work on the 300 (make sure you do a good warm-up and stretch):
½ mile warm up
100, 200, 300, 300, 300, 300, 200, 100,
½ mile cool down.