Having An Impact At An Impasse

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In Acts 17:28 we read “in Him we live, and move and have our being”. (NRSV) This is a statement that Paul said to the people in Athens. While in Athens Paul was blown away by all the deity idols the people were worshiping. He was moved to share the Gospel to make the people aware there is no need to worship idols. He wanted them to know God is to be worshipped without any idols. The motivation of our worship comes from how God has touched our hearts through the actions of our savior Jesus Christ. Jesus came to pay the price for our sins, so that we could be redeemed. Through His actions and our acceptance of Him as our Lord and Savior, we live, move, and have our being. Paul saw the many idols the people in Athens worshipped, but he did not allow them to be an impasse. He believed this to be an opportunity to have an impact on the people of Athens. After he shared the Gospel, some ignored him, some said they would like to hear him again. Then there were those that were impacted by his words and accepted Jesus Christ into their lives.

Paul has taught us a valuable lesson. He knew how much God had invested in Him, and He is expecting Paul to bring profitable returns. Therefore, he had to share the truth to give all the hearers an opportunity to accept Jesus Christ into their lives.

You don’t know how impactful you can be for the Lord until you live, move, and let Him have your being. During this Lenten season take some time to observe your surroundings to understand where people are placing their trust. If it’s not Jesus Christ you have an opportunity to share the Gospel!