Sample: Lock Stock & Barrel, NT Devotion

Acts 17:29

What Is Your God?

Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising.

What is your god?  We jokingly speak of someone worshiping a new truck or boat, or making the sky his tabernacle.  Well, maybe not jokingly, because joking or not, people do put things and places before God.  That’s not a light-hearted matter.

In Acts 17:16-34, Paul visited the city of Athens during his second mission trip.  In verse 16, he observed that the city was completely devoted to idol worship.  From the synagogue to the marketplace to the hill called Areopagus, Paul proclaimed to the very religious people the truth about the God they did not know.  God, whose characteristics they could not describe nor define.  God, known only to them as an unknown god, whom they worship without knowing (Acts 17:23).

Paul explained that the One he spoke of is God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth (Acts 17:24).  He is God, who commands every person everywhere to repent of their sins (Acts 17:30).  As true today as it was 2,000 years ago.  When Paul mentioned the resurrection in his concluding remarks, some Athenians mocked, some mulled it over, and some made a confession in Jesus and joined Paul in his journey (Acts 17:32-34).

Men think they can shape God into images and conditions that are convenient for a godless lifestyle.  Eventually, we discover that we cannot form God into what we want Him to be.  That’s why a godless life is empty, for we cannot put the image of God into things of our own design.  But God can put His image into things of His design.  He created us in His image.  We are the offspring of God.

In ignorance, though, men try to relate to His Divine Nature with things precious to them:  gold, silver, stone, art.  We’ve made gold the standard by which wealth is measured.  We’ve layered our hopes and dreams with silver linings.  We’ve created monuments of stone to fit on our fingers or to fit on our city blocks.  We’ve allowed the arts to define our cultural values.

Sportsmen are especially tempted to do this.  Sometimes our pretty equipment receives higher favor than our Bibles.  Sometimes we make our chapel a sports arena or wilderness.  We are too often tempted to worship gods of guns or cars.  These are mute gods who cannot make themselves known to us.  Dead gods who cannot resurrect a molecule.  Only the living God, King of kings and Lord of lords, can speak and reveal His Divine Nature to us.  Only He can bring the dead back to life.  Only He is holy, righteous, and true – divine characteristics out of the grasp of men’s hands.  Divine characteristics exclusively revealed to us by His resurrected Son.

What is your god?  If something other that God is your god, then you make fun of the only hope you have for salvation.  If you want to hear more about this matter, then keep in the company of Christian friends – men and women who are eager to tell you about Jesus.  If you confess your sins and put your faith in the resurrected Savior, then join a fellowship of believers who have made Jesus Lord of their lives.

What is your god?

Who is your God?
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Copyright © 2005.  Don Hamlin.  All Rights Reserved.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version.  Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  Used by permission.  All rights reserved.

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