- The answer will not help the man who has lost the question.
What is the question? Or, What really matters? God seems to be increasingly irrelevant to many people. Life on the horizontal distracts us from vertical realities of God and eternity.
Perhaps part of our challenge is helping people understand connections between God and the horizontal issues of life.
Jesus relentlessly insisted on connections between earth and heaven; between time and eternity; creation and God; finite and infinite; seen and unseen. Jesus repeatedly moved from what was seen, known and familiar to teach lessons about what is unseen, spiritual and eternal.
A starting point for many would be God as our Maker. God created us and therefore knows what it best for us. We were created by Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16). We were made to live in a dependent relationship under God’s loving rule. Man is not meant to live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4).
People need a wider frame of reference about God. Like the idols of Athens, so much in our culture obstructs the knowledge and glory of God. We have a calling to make God known. We can do this only because God has made Himself known.
An excellent model for us to follow is found in the message the Apostle Paul gave to the intellectuals of Athens (Acts 17:22-31). He presented ten truths about God that serve as a kind of outline. Although it appears that he gave each of the ten points as a concise truth, each one is worthy of an entire session.
- Look closely at this great message. It is a challenge and a guide for those who desire to be effective witnesses for Christ in our times.–
10 truths about God from Acts 17:22-31
- The search for God
- There is a God.
- God created everything.
- God rules everything.
- God is not confined by you.
- God is not enhanced by you.
- You are dependent on God.
- God controls history and destiny.
- All humans must answer to God.
- Final evidence in the resurrection of Christ