My new job requires a lot of travel. Today I had the privilege of driving through the Rockies. I was amazed by the beauty of my surroundings, and continually praised God for his marvelous creation. I was still in awe of His creation as I met Sean at a gas station. Sean's appearance screamed that he was a local. He had long blond hair, a very hip necklace, sunglasses with no shirt, and was listening to very loud music. When he got out of his car I commented, "You must be a local." He replied, "I am indeed." He then went inside for a moment. When he returned to his car, I continued in conversation.
Me: So surrounded by all of this beauty, I have to ask. Do you worship creation or the Creator?
Sean: (laughing as he pondered the question) Creation. Definitely creation.
Me: Are you serious? When I see creation, my first thought is that there is a Creator.
Sean: I understand. I grew up that way, but I don't believe. My parents are Christians. I'm not an atheist or anything, but I just don't think about it.
Me: Would you do me a favor and pray to God that he opens your eyes? Creation reveals His majesty and He deserves to be praised. At least think about it. One day there will be a judgment, and if you have told even one lie, you are deserving of hell. You will bow before him one day whether you want to or not. Worship him today.
Sean just looked at the ground as if I was one of his parents. As I returned to driving, I thought about our conversation. Did you notice that I didn't say anything about Jesus? Maybe it was the prideful look on his face, or the fact that he did not want a Bible. Sean was worshiping the gift and not the Giver. He saw no need to repent. Therefore, law to the proud and grace to the humble.