Acts 17:23 Meet Them Where They Are

For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: To An Unknown God. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship–and this is what I am going to proclaim to you. Acts 17:23

Although most won’t call it worship, the world does worship a lot of things. They worship money, position, talent, things, power, fame and more.

All of these things are placed at an extreme high priority in their lives. Time, money and abilities are all focused upon these areas, worshipping them.

As Paul was going through Athens, he noticed that they had objects of worship for every god imaginable, including an unknown god. Paul says he will proclaim information about that unknown god.

Believers often stick with other believers and really don’t see where the world really is or what the world is doing. It is often expected for unbelievers to walk into the church and present themselves to the church seeking information about God. However, very few people will go to a church seeking information on their own.

Jesus told the believers to go into all of the world and preach the gospel. As a believer is going out, he must go to meet the people where they are and in a way that they are already thinking and believing. One can seek opportunities to use what the world is seeking or desiring to open doors to present the gospel message.

The idols that the world are seeking and worshipping are false and dead. As believers take the idols that the world is worshipping and use them to point out the need for Jesus, people’s eyes will be opened to the truth. Both Paul and Jesus met people right where they were at in their thinking and actions.

God is willing to open doors for you to be His witness every day. The world is starving for the truth and seeking it. You have the answer that they are seeking in all of the false idols of this world.

Go out and use the wisdom of God to meet them where they are. Show the world what they are really seeking is found in Jesus and not in the false, dead idols they are already worshipping.

Not everyone will listen to you, but there will be some who will hear the truth and change. Seek to find those.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the truth of God’s word in your life; that you will be a witness of Jesus to the world; that you will boldly proclaim God’s truth; and that God will draw many to Christ through you.

Matthew 2:10 Extreme Joy

When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. Matthew 2:10

Going on a long distance, cross-country trip can be slow and exhausting at times. It appears as if one will never make it to the desired destination. The road appears to just go on forever, with no end in sight.

As one gets closer to his destination, however, signs begin to appear for that destination. There is hope that the journey will be successful. Joy and excitement begins to arise in the heart that what is being sought out will be found. The pain of driving forever starts to pay off and is made worth the long journey.

Some wise men had been following a star for some time, knowing it had something of great value with where it would be. As they were traveling along, they saw the star stop over a certain place. These men were overfilled with joy and excitement to find what they were looking for.

Every person on the earth is searching for something. Often it is life or the meaning and purpose to life that is being sought out. This is often searched for in temporary things such as money, fame and position. The excitement of finding these things is only short-lived.

Believers are like the wise men who were searching for Jesus, only they did not know who they were searching for. When a person begins to see Jesus, there is an overwhelming joy that wells up within him. Seeing signs of Jesus or seeing Him brings extreme joy, because it is eternal joy that reveals life and release from the past and the dead.

This joy can be had when one is going to church to worship God with others. It can be had when one is witnessing and a life is saved. Joy is found when Jesus is discovered in any and every situation.

You can also have this joy and excitement. Seek God each and every day. Ask God to open your spiritual eyes to see where He is and what He is doing around you.

God is always at work, if you are willing to seek Him. It can be a long, tiring journey at times, but the overwhelming joy you will have in the end will make the journey and sacrifice worth it.

Do not quit seeking God, but keep traveling towards and with Him until you step into eternity.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the joy of knowing God; that God will give you strength for the journey; and that you will see signs of Jesus all around you.

Isaiah 56:11 Seeking Self Gain

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They are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough. They are shepherds who lack understanding; they all turn to their own way, they seek their own gain. Isaiah 56:11 

Gain of something more is what people usually desire. They desire greater wealth, larger bank accounts, higher position, more things, and the list goes on. Nearly all of these things and much more are desired for self.

People look to their own ways to get as much as possible. There can never be enough of anything as long as there is more out there to be had.

This type of greed is found in little children all the way up to senior adults. It is promoted in tv shows, movies, advertisements and music. The desire for more is everywhere.

Isaiah calls out the watchmen of Israel for being greedy with a great appetite for more. Everything that they did was out of selfish gain.

Sadly this selfish desires is found even inside the church. There are many who seek their own ways to gain what they want for themselves, rather than seeking out the good for others. The seek position, title, power, or recognition in the ministries that they do, rather than just seeking God’s will and desire.

Jesus did not act in this way. He left heaven and His God-head to live as a man on this earth. He not only left all of that behind, He also laid down His life in a painful way to bring salvation to everyone. The focus of Jesus was not selfish but for the good of others.

Every believer is to first focus on what God wants. This puts self on the back burner and puts God first. Then as one is seeking God’s will, he will also put others before Himself. Believers are to be focused on building God’s kingdom, not their own kingdom.

As you go through your day, what is your focus on? God’s top two focuses are on you loving Him and building His kingdom.

These two things are not about self, but about God and others. You are a watchman, just as the Israelites were. You have a job to watch out for the coming of the Lord’s return. As you do this, you need to warn others about His soon coming.

Being a witness for Jesus does not allow you to be selfish or to seek your own gain. It is only about building others up. Instead of seeking your own way, seek God’s today.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have a vision of God’s mission for you to reach the lost; that you will seek to build God’s kingdom; and that you will be a watchman warning of the return of Jesus.

Psalm 27:8 What To Seek

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My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. Psalm 27:8 

People everywhere are always looking, seeking for something. Sometimes it is something that they had lost, but more often it is something that they do not have and want.

Every day billions of searches are made on Google of people seeking something. People are seeking ways to make more money, ways to be happier, ways to make life easier, ways to make one’s self look better, and many other searches.

It is commonly thought that ‘if I just have…’ or ‘if I just do…’ then one will be happy and life will be so much better. However, all those things that a person can have or do is temporary. There is only One that is eternal and never ending.

David’s own heart told him what he needed to search for. What he needed to search for was God’s face. David, then, chose to seek out God’s face.

Seeking God’s face is finding out who God is. It is finding out what God wants. It is wanting to see His face smiling because one is doing what he is supposed to be doing. It is pleasing God.

Many do not want to seek God’s face, because they fear rejection, condemnation, or a revealing of sin in their lives and hearts. They want to know God, but from a distance because they really do not want to change.

In order to get to know God, one must read His word daily and find out what it says about Him. The Bible reveals God’s character and love.

One must also take time to talk with God on a regular, daily basis. Open his ears to hear what God has to say. And then obey what one has read or heard.

You may be searching for something right now. It may be an object you need, but you may be also searching for something in this life for joy, happiness or peace. While the object will meet a temporary need, the real need is in the eternal.

True joy, happiness and peace comes only from God and knowing God. It is getting close enough to Him that you can see His face and hear His voice all the time.

Focus your time and efforts on seeking God and His face, and then take time to obey what He is showing you. In that you will find contentment and all of your real needs met.

Will you seek His face today?

I pray today that you will seek God’s face; that God will reveal Himself to you in new ways; that you will know God’s heart for you and others; and that you will know and obey what God wants of you.