“For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.” Acts 17:23
Do you know where you are going?
A story is told concerning a man named Huxley. Having finished another series of public attacks against Christians, he was in a hurry to catch a train that would take him to the next city. He left the hotel and jumped into the taxi and settled back to close his eyes in order to rest for a couple of minutes.
He assumed the driver had been told his destination by the hotel doorman so when he got in all he said was, “Hurry...I’m almost late...Drive fast!”
The taxi rushed through the streets of the city. Before long the man glanced out the window and frowned as he realized that they were going west away from the sun, not toward it. Leaning forward the man shouted, “Do you know where you are going?” Without looking back the driver yelled, “No, your honor, but I am going very fast!”
This story humorously depicts the situation that many people find themselves in; going nowhere, fast, and not even realizing it. Peter exhorted in Acts 2:40, “...Save yourselves from this untoward generation.” We need to save ourselves from a generation that is going nowhere and seems to be moving very fast.
In the city of Athens there were more idols than all of the rest of Greece put together. It was estimated that there were more than 30,000 statues in Athens. Here they were seekers of any new doctrine that would come their way. They treated religion just like they would a market where they could pick up what they wanted. These people conformed instead of being transformed. They had no burden for souls and played the part of a modern day Pharisee. They sought for pleasure only. They were very superstitious and religious but still did not know God.
In many countries today there is a Church on every corner. People use religious terms in their everyday speech. Signboards and bumper stickers on cars proclaim a knowledge and form of godliness but deny the power thereof. (2 Timothy 3:5) But do they all really know God or is He the unknown God to many?
Perhaps you are looking for something that will change your destiny in life. You need to return to the original. If you are sincerely seeking for salvation we must tell you the truth. This original message was preached by the Apostle Peter in Acts 2. This was the day that the church was established.
Peter said unto them,
(1) Repent, and (2) be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins, and (3) ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38)
You will note that there are three things that you need to do:
or turn away from your sins and sinful ways.
2. Be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
3. Receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
Paul himself would have understood quite well the situation at Athens for he had also suffered from misguided direction and devotion. He had persecuted the church, held coats while Stephen was stoned, locked up church members in prison, and many other things. Then one day his direction changed while moving fast on the Road to Damascus. The Lord was able to catch his attention by blinding him! And his destination became known.