“‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’”Acts 17:28
When Paul quoted from familiar Greek poets of his day during his speech in Athens, the ears of the philosophers gathered there must have perked up. Paul was showing them how their hearts were inclined to worship something and that the true God of all creation could be found. For, as Paul told them, “he is not far from each one of us” (v. 27).
Even the pagan poets of the day knew that a man was the offspring of his god and that in that god he would “live and move and have [his] being.” So why would anyone seek after an idol of stone or wood or of his own conception?
Outside of Christ there is no real life. Our very moving and being comes only through Him whose children we are. Life without Christ is self-centered and is at best a dim shadow of a life walking with Jesus. His light shines in us, illumining our path and directing our steps.
Walking with Christ yields an abundantly rich, enjoyable life. Will it be one without hardship or trial? Probably not. But the Lord of heaven and earth will face your trials with you.
You are Christ’s offspring. Walk with Him, talk with Him, seek Him. For you live and move and have your being in Him.