Shiny Objects

Acts 17:24-29(NIV)

24 “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 human hands.25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 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. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

29 “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 human design and skill.

When we were children, we were somehow drawn to anything that was shiny.  I remember playing with coins and started collecting them for a year before I moved on to other things.  The invested in chemical cleaners so that the coins that I had were very shiny.  Today, we are still drawn to shiny objects.  When we see a clean, shiny car, we tend to look at it and notice how clean and shiny it is and how we need to wash our own car.

God made the whole world and everything in it.  He created everything for us and would like for us to reach out to Him so that we can have a relationship with Him.  We live in a fast-paced society where technological change is happening at neck-breaking speeds.  New phones and computers are coming out and it is tempting to upgrade as we see all of the new features that are available.  New model cars are incorporating technology at a cost and it could cause people to focus on these shiny objects and not on God.  Paul was reminding the disciples that we should not think of God as a shiny object like silver or gold.  He is divine and an all-powerful God.

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