What would it have been like to have heard Paul speak when he came to a city for the very first time with the message of Jesus?
I wonder how he would have approached someone.
"Hello. My name is Paul….."
There would have been people who had heard of God before, but didn’t believe.
There would have been those who served God, but had never heard of Jesus.
And then, there would have been men and women who had no prior knowledge whatsoever of God or Jesus.
In the book of Acts in chapter 17, verses 16-34, we find Paul speaking to the citizens of Athens.
At one point, he addresses them about an altar with the inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by man’s design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent." –Acts 17:24-30
He continues to tell those who are listening about a day when God will judge the world and of the resurrection of the dead.
The scriptures tell us that a few men believed.
For those few men, eternity changed forever.
Paul spoke to people about Jesus no matter what their prior beliefs were.
In our own lives, shouldn’t we do that, as well?