We all worship something.
We have to.
We have no choice.
It’s how we were created.
The people in Athens knew this.
They had set out altars for numerous gods.
In Acts 17 the writer describes the Apostle Paul’s response to their “unknown god”.
Acts 17: 22b-27a
“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—
In his book “The Air I Breathe” Louie Giglio says this altar may as well have been called
“the altar of Just In Case”.
The people of Athens had set up this altar just in case they had missed it.
Which is why Paul says in a sense… that one… the “unknown God” you speak of… that’s Him… that’s Jesus.
I think the people in Athens had a sense that they were missing something.
They had tried to fulfill their worship with idols and still felt empty.
That feeling of emptiness led them to the altar of the Unknown God.
The people of Athens aren’t the only ones that have this feeling of emptiness.
This very day there are people all over the world that still experience this.
Have you found what you are looking for?
If you are still searching… I challenge you… give Jesus a try.
He won’t let you down.
If you have found Jesus and He is everything you’ve been looking for…
don’t procrastinate telling others about what you’ve found.