“So Paul took his stand in the open space at the Areopagus and laid it out for them. “It is plain to see that you Athenians take your religion seriously. When I arrived here the other day, I was fascinated with all the shrines I came across. And then I found one inscribed, TO THE GOD NOBODY KNOWS. I’m here to introduce you to this God so you can worship intelligently, know who you’re dealing with.” (Acts 17:22-23 MSG)
“The God who made the world and everything in it, this Master of sky and land, doesn’t live in custom-made shrines or need the human race to run errands for him, as if he couldn’t take care of himself. He makes the creatures; the creatures don’t make him. Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us. He’s not remote; he’s near. We live and move in him, can’t get away from him! One of your poets said it well: ‘We’re the God-created.’ Well, if we are the God-created, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to think we could hire a sculptor to chisel a god out of stone for us, does it?” (Acts 17:24-29 MSG)
“God overlooks it as long as you don’t know any better—but that time is past. The unknown is now known, and he’s calling for a radical life-change. He has set a day when the entire human race will be judged and everything set right. And he has already appointed the judge, confirming him before everyone by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31 MSG)
“At the phrase “raising him from the dead,” the listeners split: Some laughed at him and walked off making jokes; others said, “Let’s do this again. We want to hear more.” But that was it for the day, and Paul left. There were still others, it turned out, who were convinced then and there, and stuck with Paul—among them Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris.” (Acts 17:32-34 MSG)
The only thing we can do is preach, teach, tell our testimony and pray the listener receives it. If they don’t want to join or stay connected to, “The Vine” that’s on them. We all have choices.
This is believe it or not, very hard for me to do. I talk to my Pastor all the time about this. I try to pour into people so much because I see a calling on their life and only to become drained later. I get disappointed and sadden when they can’t see their own DIVINE calling and that’s so hard for me to see someone with so much potential and be so blind. I try to make excuses for people by remembering when I was blind myself and I keep trying and trying and trying but to no avail. A lot of times I feel like if I walk away I will be letting down God so I keep trying.
Through these scriptures I’ve seen where Paul preached the Good News with conviction and he told the people about Jesus Christ and some were moved by the TRUTH and they joined the Christian movement. But some laughed at him and persecuted him and walked away. I know now that sometimes all we can do is pray for people until God opens their eyes and let them walk away. You can lead a horse to The Living Water but you can’t make them drink.
“And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town.” (Matthew 10:14 ESV)
Dear Heavenly Father as we try to lead and encourage people to You please renew our strength and armor daily. Amen!
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