By: Pastor Jarren Rogers
“Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor” – Charles Spurgeon
I was in Eastern Europe last summer as a missionary for three months. While I was there I had the opportunity to visit Athens. One of the sites I was most excited to see while we were there was Areopagus Hill (Pictured Below).
What makes this giant rock so fascinating is that the apostle/missionary Paul preached from it to the people of Athens in Acts 17. In this passage, Paul stands up on this rock and preaches an impromptu sermon to the Athenians strolling by.
He tells them that while he was walking through Athens he saw many altars to a variety of different gods, but one altar caught his eye. It was an altar bearing the inscription: To an Unknown God.
Paul goes on to share with them who this God is that they have not yet come to know. It is Jesus Christ. God who came in the flesh and died for their sins. After telling the people of Athens about Jesus, some were converted and their lives changed forever.
As I thought about this story, I thought about how people, even today, walk around with a void in their hearts that is set aside for “an unknown God”. People try to fill that void with many different things: drugs, sex, alcohol, television, video games.
But nothing can fill it.
Maybe some of you have experienced this void, but you have also experienced the complete infilling brought on by the grace and love of Jesus Christ when you first believed. That void was more than filled, it was like a cup overflowing (Psalm 23:5).
It is our job to be missionaries in our daily lives, sharing the Good News with those around us. We have to be the ones to tell others who that “unknown God” is that they have been searching and longing for.
Go. Share. Help others see God.
Parents: Encourage your children to share the Good News with their friends at school. Tell them why it’s important to share their faith.