“The last couple of days,” Stan began, “we have been focusing on the account in the sixteenth chapter of the Book of Acts, where Paul and Silas were in jail.”
“That’s right,” I said. “First it was praise in dire circumstances, and then it was a matter of others listening to their prayers and their praise of God.”
“There is one more lesson from this account I would like to mention,” Stan replied.
“Let’s have it,” I responded.
“There was an earthquake that caused the prison doors to open and the chains to fall off of the prisoners. The jailer was concerned that the prisoners would have escaped and he would be in big trouble with his boss. He was so concerned that he was about to take his own life.”
Continuing, Stan then said, “But God intervened by letting the jailer know that the prisoners had not gone anywhere. They were still there and it so impressed the jailer that he wanted to know what he needed to do to be saved.”
“And what is the lesson?” I asked.
“For me,” Stan replied, “it is essential to be aware of who may be watching what I do as a Christian and how it may have an impact on their eternal destination, as well as their life here before they step into eternity.”
“Here, the jailer was so touched by what he saw that he wanted what Paul and Silas had, which was a real and vivid commitment to and relationship with God.”
“God wants to be able to use me so others will ask, ‘What must I do to be saved?’”
“Be alert always to who may be watching,” I added.
“Amen to that,” Stan responded.
And when the jailer had been roused out of sleep and had seen the prison doors opened, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here!” And he called for lights and rushed in and, trembling with fear, he fell down before Paul and Silas, and after bringing them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Acts of the Apostles 16:27-30.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you want me to be intentional about my faith in you. Thank you that you bring people into my life who want to see you in and through me. Please forgive all of the times I have failed to manifest you and have failed to demonstrate to the watching world the reality of you. I need and I ask for your help in always being aware that what I do and what I say in manifesting your presence can have an eternal impact on those who are watching. Please, Lord, move in me so that others will be drawn to you and will ask what they need to do to be saved. Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.