“Since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by man’s design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:29–31, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Of course we are much too enlightened to believe in graven images (or at least much of the world is) these days. Our idols, the things we “worhsip” and run after, are much more sophisticated. Power. Prestige. Possessions. Pleasure. Professions. We should not think the divine life can be found in any of these things. We are God’s offspring, yet we search for and chase after these things rather than a relationship with Him. In fact there are many who regard belief in God, and belief in the death and resurrection of His Son, are just as ignorant as believing in images made out of gold, silver or stone.
My Advice – “When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, ‘We want to hear you again on this subject.’ At that, Paul left the Council. A few men became followers of Paul and believed.” (Acts 17:32–34, NIV 1984).
Just like in Paul’s day, there are three ways people respond to the message of Christ’s resurrection from the dead. We can reject it (“some of them sneered“). We can postpone consideration (“we want to hear you again“). We can accept it (“a few became followers…and believed“). How about you. This really is not something we can remain neutral about (postpone) forever. Eventually, we will choose one of the other two. Either we will accept the Him or reject Him. But we must remember, “he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed.” We will be judged by the One that we either accept or reject. How about you? How will you be judged? With justice, for sure. But about who you are, or what He has done?
Today’s musing was inspired by Lead Teaching Pastor Kevin Rutledge’s sermon on February 2, 2020. Check it out at https://www.fbcsycamore.com/sermons. If you live in or are visiting the area, come and join us Sundays at 10:30 a.m. We’d love to be partners in the Gospel with you.