I returned last week from a trip to Sri Lanka and while I was there I visited a Hindu temple. I was intrigued and saddened by the worship of so many gods as the worshippers gave flowers, lit candles, and donated money- just to name a few things. Hinduism is a religion with thousands of gods and as I walked around I thought of how Paul must have felt when he was in Athens and his spirit was perplexed by the city full of idols. In Acts 17, Paul addresses the Athenians and explains what is unknown to them is the God who made the world and everything in it who is Lord of heaven and earth. Not just that, Paul continues to say he is a giving God- he gives life and breath and everything. We serve an overwhelming loving and generous God who has extended his mercy and grace to us. He has invited us and called us to take part in the mission of telling others of the Creator God.
Paul concludes by saying, “God has overlooked times of ignorance but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.” As followers of Christ who desire to pursue the heart of God, we must have an urgency within us to make his name known among all people. We can help globally by praying, giving financially, and going. God also wants to use us with the people we see on a regular basis- whether it be a neighbor, family member, or co-worker- God wants us to make his name known. Please pray for the many souls who do not yet know Jesus- who walk in darkness and are spiritually dead- that their eyes would be opened to know the Author and source of true life and that they would receive forgiveness of sins.
“For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’” 
 Acts 17:30
 Romans 10:13-15