Acts 17:28 – For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
Paul travels to Thessalonica, Berea, and Athens to share the good news about Jesus. In Athens, he gets the opportunity to talk to the nation’s top thinkers about Christianity.
Paul stood before a group of leaders and boldly proclaimed the truth. How awesome is it that Paul’s words exude confidence, not insecurity? Paul was able to speak with authority because he knew Jesus intimately. Paul had spent time studying God’s word and committing it to memory. In Paul’s speech, he quotes from Isaiah and Deuteronomy. His confidence came from the knowledge of God’s Word he received by spending time in the Bible.
When Jesus changed Paul’s heart, Paul experienced an extreme spiritual transformation. We grow in our relationship with God by spending time with Him each day, studying the Bible and praying.
“God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us” (Acts 17:27).
Maybe you’ve made a decision to follow Jesus, but you’ve never made an effort to read the Bible regularly and doing whatever it takes to get to know Him better. Acts 17:27 says God is not far from any of us. That is great news!
• What does this passage teach us about God? How does it apply to you?
• Has your life has changed since coming to know Jesus? How has time with God contributed to that change?
• What is your next step in spending time with Jesus daily?