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29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" 31 They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household." 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized. 34 The
jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was
filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his
would make this jailer ask, "What must I do to be saved?" Was it the
hymns he heard Paul and Silas singing? Was it the way they conducted
themselves as prisoners? Was it the fact that they stopped him from
killing himself? And was it a miracle that none of the prisoners had
escaped when an earthquake shook the prison doors open and the prisoners
chains were loosed?
When the question was asked,
Paul and Silas instructed the man to "believe in the Lord Jesus." The
Philippian jailer probably had absolutely no idea who Jesus was, so
Paul and Silas "spoke the word of the Lord" to him.
Response and Action:
brings people to a place where they sense their spiritual need and
cry out for salvation? There are so many influences. It could be
something as simple as the lyrics of a song. It could be the
difference they see Jesus making in someone's life. It could be a
sense of wonder. It could be an act of kindness. When people ask, I
need to be ready to point them to Jesus. They may not have a clue
about who he is or what it means to believe in him, so I need to be
ready to "speak the word of the Lord" to them.
God, may the words of my mouth and the actions of life be a testimony
of the difference you make in the lives of those who believe in
Jesus. When people around me become aware of their need for your
salvation and love, help me to point them to Jesus and speak words of
Spiritual Formation Verses: Colossians 4:5-6
5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Salvation Belongs to Our God: Celebrating the Bible's Central Story
by Christopher J. H. Wright