Acts 17:16 (NKJV) Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols.
Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols. To be able to reach our culture, to be able to reach our unbelieving friends and family, to be able to reach someone who doesn’t believe in Jesus, we must first have a genuine concern for them. Do you care enough for those in your life to risk doing something about it?
While the apostle Paul was in Athens, “his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols” (Acts 17:16). Another translation of this verse says that Paul “was deeply troubled by all the idols he saw everywhere in the city”(NLT). Have you been angered by something in a spiritual way? I am talking about righteous indignation where you see how the devil was ripping people off, and you actually got a little angry about it. In Athens, Paul was grieved to see the absolute absence of the living God, with every conceivable substitute in His place.
Do you ever feel that way as you look at our confused culture? It seems as though anything goes except for God and Christianity. Today we can wring our hands and talk about the state of affairs in our world; or we can do something about it. Let’s do something about it family today, have a marvelous day!