Paul was a pioneer in Athens as they said among themselves that Paul was bringing "some strange things to our ears" (Acts 17:20). Paul had observed and examined the culture around him. He did not assume that they knew anything and he zeroed in on their spiritual hunger. He said he noticed they had an altar to an unknown God. Then he proceeds to tell them who that unknown God is. As Paul zeroed in on their spiritual hunger, he spoke plain and simply to them. Richard Baxter, a noted Puritan theologian, said: "I have found it impossible to speak too plainly to people."
Do you expect that God is drawing people around You to Himself? Do you trust that He is working in your family or your circle of influence? Do you think He is powerful enough to make Himself known even without your help or my help?
Lord, help me be a better "observer" of people. Help me be alert to the deep needs of those around me. Give me the boldness to approach people and know that You are working in people's lives. Help me to recognize Your work, trust You that You are softening hearts, and join in the work that You are doing. Thank You for the privilege of letting me share Your precious message of salvation.