Acts 17:22-23 – Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD . Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
Do you worship? I mean do you really worship? This question is one that we must answer if we count ourselves Christians. It is not enough to play at being spiritual or philosophical. We must seek the Lord through the spiritual connection provided by the Holy Spirit within us through faith. Faith calls for action, specific action to seek the Lord God in Spirit and in Truth. As Jesus said, the Father seeks such to worship him (John 4:22-24).
When Paul visited Athens and discovered the altar To The Unknown God, he happened upon the challenge of all humanity. We all seek something to fill the emptiness of our souls. Without the Living God dwelling within us, this life becomes drab and flavorless. No one enjoys life without joy, but when we try to find joy and peace outside of God’s will, we end up filling ourselves with junk food philosophy, spiritual-isms and the occult. Only in the Truth of God’s Word and God’s Spirit do we find real contentment.
Jesus came into the world to bear witness to the Truth, and His kingdom is founded upon Truth. Truth and the Spirit are not results of devotion to Christ, they are prerequisites. So, the next time you see someone struggling to understand why they are unhappy or why things don’t work out well for them, ask them if they worship, if they really worship. Worship is not simply in fixed place and time on Sundays. Worship is all the time. Worship is a way of life.