Operating in Obedience

Paul’s arrival in Athens

image from Wikipedia

image from Wikipedia

came with much distress.

For everywhere were idols,

confusion, a mess.

He spoke out in the market,

and the synagogue.

Challenged the philosophers,

told the truth of God.

They questioned his teachings,

yet His words were sound.

Thinkers wanted to hear more,

til’ the truth be found.

Paul shared of our Creator,

Who needs not our hands.

He dwelleth not in temples,

but in the hearts of man.

We are His very offspring,

from Him, our life and breath.

He took our sins upon Himself,

and then defeated death.

Some men sneered, but others said,

“Please come and tell us more.”

A few then chose to follow,

live their lives for the Lord.

(Responding to Acts 17:16-34)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we are not responsible for what people choose to do with Your truth, nor how they respond.  Thank You that what You ask of us, is to speak it, to live it, and to allow Your Spirit to do the heart work.  Forgive us for thinking we need to fulfill Your role, and help us to trust You to move mightily in the lives of our loved ones.  Please teach us when to speak and when to stay silent; when to move, and when to stay still.  May we walk in ongoing obedience as Your available vessels, ever ready to pour out Your goodness and grace to all who need to know it.  May many come to know You as Lord of their lives.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present