S (Scripture): Acts 16:22 Paul stood up in the middle of the council on Mars Hill and said, “People of Athens, I see that you are very religious in every way. 23 As I was walking through town and carefully observing your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: ‘To an unknown God.’ What you worship as unknown, I now proclaim to you. 24 God, who made the world and everything in it, is Lord of heaven and earth. He doesn’t live in temples made with human hands. 25 Nor is God served by human hands, as though he needed something, since he is the one who gives life, breath, and everything else. 26 From one person God created every human nation to live on the whole earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God made the nations so they would seek him, perhaps even reach out to him and find him. In fact, God isn’t far away from any of us. 28 In God we live, move, and exist. As some of your own poets said, ‘We are his offspring.’
O (Observation): Paul speaks to a crowd in Athens, Greece. A crowd willing to hear what he has to say (not that they would agree with it…they were just into new theories).
Paul gives a depth of meaning to life and power from above to the crowd. Paul observes that their gods are hand made and even “unknown.” Paul gives meaning to their very existence.
In God we live and move and have our being. God gives us life and the definition of who we are. God defines our lives and our ways. All that we can ever say or do has been inspired by God. So, when we seek a higher power…God is there.
A (Application): So often we mistake our knowledge of God for God. We know some things about God, but not nearly enough to say that we have a full image of who God is. We catch glimpses of God: in each other, in creation, in love itself. God is made manifest in many ways, but each ranges from slightly to wholly incomplete.
What lies behind our thoughts and actions? Is it God? Is it me? Is it a combination of both?
Ah! Co-creators of creation, we are!
No graven images of God are necessary, but the works of our hands can attempt to reflect God’s glory. The songs we sing, the raising of our children, the reaching out to serve our neighbor in need…these can be reflections of God’s glory.
How about you? Where do you see reflections of God’s glory?
P (Prayer): Lord, keep us from mistaking you for reflections of you. Amen.