Having knocked on doors and engaged in several gospel conversations, it is clear many have a memorial to The Unknown God. They placate this God with some right actions, with some church attendance, maybe even some financial gifts and time, however, he is an unknown God to them. They have not been arrested by the desire to know God more.
You can read about Elisha’s commendable desire in 2 Kings 2 where he would not be satisfied with a portion of the God Elijah knew in his ministry. He would not even be satisfied with an equal “serving” of the God Elijah walked with on this earth. Elisha asked for a double portion of God’s power over his life. How did Elisha get to this point in his life where this desire completely arrested him? He left everything to know this God. He was consumed with accompanying a man who knew this God. He craved to devote his life to serving this God.
The truth is God remains unknown to those who refuse to know Him. Paul acknowledges the memorial in Athens, “To the Unknown God, whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you” (Acts 17:23). Yet a few verses later in his sermon he says, “Though he be not far from every one of us” (Acts 17:27)! The very one who is “unknown” is also as close as the mention of His name. The difficulty is not getting to know God. The difficulty is swinging wide open the doors of your heart and welcoming Him in without restriction. One scribe answered Christ discreetly probably out of fear of his peers. Jesus said, “Thou art not far from the kingdom of God” (Mark 12:34). God is not unknown because He is elusive. “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20).
Do you hear him knocking? You may have a shrine in your heart to the Unknown God. You refuse to let Him into your heart, but you have a shrine where you lay some trinkets of your respect. Letting in God means your life will change. The invitation is the surrender of your soul.