Parable of the No Name Lizards

While visiting my grandson, Quinlan, in Missouri, he was showing me his two pet lizards.

When I inquired what their names were, he said they didn’t have names, they were “the no name lizards”. 

After a moment’s thought, he added, “I guess I could call them Lizard Number One and Lizard Number Two”.  

The people of Athens, Greece, had so many gods that they actually erected a monument to the ‘unknown god’.  This over the edge attempt at being all inclusive seems funny to us today.  In reality, we aren’t much different than the Athenians were. 

We don’t erect official monuments to our ‘gods’, but our time is carefully rationed and planned. Our calendars and appointment books are filled with ‘concrete’ dates and times of activities that are so important to us that we make reminders so we don’t forget!  

However, we rarely plan a definite time for devotions; prayer, Bible study or even fellowship at church.  God created us for relationship; even sending His own son to die so sin could not separate us from Him. He sent His Holy Spirit so we could have intimacy and instructed us to take time for fellowship and worship so we could deepen our relationships with Him and with the body of believers.  

We don’t erect monuments to ‘the unknown god’, but our busy lives are a monument to our neglect of the one true God.   

Acts 17:22-23 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.


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