Wonder what is missing? For many, life is a puzzle, incomplete and lacking. Unfortunately, Christians are not exempt from experiencing a time in our lives when it seems as though God is far away and unconcerned. Churches across the country are anemic and weak due to the overwhelming number of lethargic, joyless members who cannot seem to find the missing link in their spiritual walk. Ministries struggle to recruit volunteers because so many lack an intimate relationship with God and therefore have no understanding of their gifts and how they fit within the context of their church community. How can we begin to fill the void?
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.’
In chapter 17, the people of Athens were evidently aware that something was amiss in their lives. The Apostle Paul found them worshiping at an altar dedicated “To An Unknown God.” Paul introduced them to the God that created all and is over all. We find God and fill the void when we earnestly seek Him through prayer, meditation, Bible study and quietly listening for His voice. Finding God does not end at the moment of salvation. It is an ongoing conversation with God that emboldens us and makes us whole. Those who have a solidified relationship with God become energized members of the body of Christ. Our ministries are vibrant and productive when the people of God are connected to Him and one another. God is not only the missing piece of the puzzle; He is the one that draws us near. The essence of who we are, our very being depends on finding Him. Do not be found missing God.