Acts 17:23 “For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.”
When we, who are the children of God, view our world and wonder how things have gotten this bad, we need to look no further than the church.
Many an evangelist has used this scripture to preach revival.
1 Peter 4:17 “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”
We can all agree that the purpose of Christ’s coming was to redeem fallen man. His death, burial, and resurrection stand above all else in significance and importance. Then, we can surmise that the spreading of the gospel is first and foremost in the church’s duties.
The reason God is unknown to the modern world is due to the silence of God’s children.
With the rise of wars and rumors of war, pestilence, earthquakes, and natural disasters, we wonder if we are close to the end and should expect the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The effect of this realization is twofold.
Some would see it as imminent and relax and enjoy life till He comes. Others see it as an urgency to be about the Lord’s work and forsake the enjoyment to do our best to get the gospel around the world. And so it is today.
Missionaries are being sent from countries that previously had never heard of Jesus Christ. The people of the Philippines presently send missionaries to America when the reverse was true years before.
But let me ask this as I ask of myself:
“Is God unknown to me?”
I do not mean the knowledge of who God is or what He has done. The devils know as much, and they fear and tremble.
James 2:19“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”
What I mean is the knowledge of His presence in our lives intimately. Having results of answered prayers, comfort given, healing, forgiveness both given and received. Evidence of the reality of God in our life is a great tool to witness.
When faced with impossible situations and circumstances, do we shrink from the task or boldly come to the throne of grace to find the answers we seek?
Do we pray for and seek opportunities to share the gospel with those around us?
Do we pray for the salvation of loved ones? The return of the wayward?
Do we speak up when the situation arises to be a witness for Christ? Or do we value what others may think of us or fear our standing in the community more than who we are in Jesus Christ?
If we ask God, He will open doors and hearts to the Word of God if we would just be willing vessels unto His honor. God is unknown to those around us because it is OUR mission field and OUR responsibility to tell them.
Let us purpose in our hearts to take gospel tracts with us and ask to be granted opportunities to share with those seeking. It takes very little to ask someone to read the gospel tract as you hand it to them.
If they refuse, they haven’t rejected you, but Christ.
Most, if not all, would love to hear those words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
To whom have we served?
To what have we been faithful?
Our Heavenly Father told us He would help us do that for which we are commanded.
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ“
We just need to be humble, submissive, and willing.