Romans 1:19-20 (ESV)
19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
I had the opportunity to catch a ride home yesterday from Charlotte, NC to Nashville with a buddy of mine instead of the flying home as I had originally planned. It worked out well as I was able to get home about an hour and a half earlier. I really didn’t have any Kingdom expectations for the ride home, but driving through the mountains of North Carolina an Tennessee I found myself remembering and contemplating Romans 1:19-20.
How could I not? The path home was so beautiful. There was so much green foliage in the mountains. And His evidences were everywhere. You could just sense how that the deep green color represented the work of our creative God. The clouds rested in the sky majestically backlit with rays of sun. Rain fell. Even in the warmth of the day I could feel the presence of the Creator.
Chewing on this verse this morning, it leaves me to ponder that if nature leads me and others to recognize God’s work in creation, why is it not so with others? Is it possible that they deceive themselves into ignoring the truth? I know I have done this very thing in my life.
Honestly, I really don’t know the answer to the question, but the verse above is clear. They are without excuse.
So what is our response as Christians?
Should we look upon those who don’t believe in God and shake our head with contempt, offended by their unbelief?
Should we just gather up the people we know or who at least profess they believe and hang out together saying, “aw those poor unbelievers how sad that they are on the outside and how great it is we are on the inside”?
The Lord Jesus told us to go out and be His witness and to make disciples. The Apostle Paul reminded us that before the saving grace of God we to were rebellious against the things of God. Are we doing these things?
It is up to us to be obedient as followers of Jesus to do those things we have been commanded to do. Make disciples. Share the Good News. Pray. Allow the Holly Spirit to guide us! Seek Him who loved us first and live as citizens in the Kingdom that has come; serving a King that is reigning!
We are without excuse.
Heavenly Father, thank you that in your divine providence and grace you have chosen to use your forgiven servants as vessels in your plan of redemption. Thank you Father that you have given us the examples of John the Baptist, and the Apostles, and the martyrs, and parents, and teachers, and friends, and most importantly Jesus, who have stood in their place in history and heralded loudly and boldly the Good News of your Kingdom. Empower us today to continue that work so that on the day that we stand before you we stand with no excuse. I pray in Jesus name, Amen.