Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious in every way, for as I was walking along I saw your many shrines. And one of your altars had this inscription on it: ‘To an Unknown God.’ This God, whom you worship without knowing, is the one I’m telling you about. -Acts 17:22b-23 (NLT)
Paul knew how to reach out with the message of Christ’s saving grace. Just like Jesus, he met people where they were, without condemnation or disdain, but with respect. While others may have laughed at these people worshiping a rock with no name, instead Paul looked beyond their actions, acknowledged their intent and fed the seeking of their souls.
It is often said that He, on a daily basis, “reasoned” with people, having two-way communication, and only preaching when those special opportunities were ordained. So many people, including our neighbors, coworkers and friends, are still worshiping an unknown God, for all souls are created to seek the Creator. We can give that God a name – Jesus – if we reach out with unconditional love, walk with respect for those around us, and simply share the grace that we have received.