God in a Nutshell

SCRIPTURE:
“The god who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth does not live in temples built by hands…” Acts. 17:24
OBSERVATION
Paul walked into a unique situation in Athens. Everything was foreign both to him, as well as to the people of that region. To them Paul’s teachings were new (17:19) and strange (17:20). Paul was brought before different groups and had to endeavor to impress them with wise words and lofty concepts – basically fodder for their debates.
The Athenians liked to get all their ducks in a row. That is the way ‘religion’ works – make sure every base is covered and every altar inscribed (17:23). Total Religion.
Paul identified this right away. Therefor his words to them are non-stereotypical, about life and movement and a God that cannot be contained.
APPLICATION
The risk for me in this next season is to try to put a label on everything – to categorize each and every thing, ministry and event.
In a nutshell…to get God and his work…well…into a nutshell! But he does not contain himself in temples. He has determined where we, his people, should live (17:26) but refuses to be confined himself – that would be religion.
With God, we can know where we are but in that place be so free to ‘live, move and have our being (17:28).
PRAYER
My heart and prayer is that i would let you God be God. My human hands cannot really help you – you are fully capable on your own. So, in my efforts to wrap my self around new leadership challenges I must so completely rely upon you oh God – I am your offspring (17:28). You animate my life, giving it movement and purpose. Thank you Father.

One comment

  1. Joan English says:

    Wow! How awesome it is to be in total freefall for Jesus. Sometimes when I read a chapter like this with Paul, I think, perhaps the Holy Spirit likes it best when we can’t zip things up into the various containers the church or the world has created.
    For some time I have felt an excitement about how much the Lord has capacity for the ambiguity challenge of our world. We can’t catch up! I think He loves it! It drives us over new horizons and into foreign places( for us). But always, He has been there.
    I watch the kids in our church, they are just so delighted to know God. They don’t worry about all the rest. I keep my eyes on their little lessons and see the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
    Thank you for your wonderful devotion and soft heart for the Lord. Joan