Act 16:25-40 CEV About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing praises to God, while the other prisoners listened. (26) Suddenly a strong earthquake shook the jail to its foundations. The doors opened, and the chains fell from all the prisoners. (27) When the jailer woke up and saw that the doors were open, he thought that the prisoners had escaped. He pulled out his sword and was about to kill himself. (28) But Paul shouted, "Don't harm yourself! No one has escaped." (29) The jailer asked for a torch and went into the jail. He was shaking all over as he knelt down in front of Paul and Silas. (30) After he had led them out of the jail, he asked, "What must I do to be saved?" (31) They replied, "Have faith in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved! This is also true for everyone who lives in your home." (32) Then Paul and Silas told him and everyone else in his house about the Lord. (33) While it was still night, the jailer took them to a place where he could wash their cuts and bruises. Then he and everyone in his home were baptized. (34) They were very glad that they had put their faith in God. After this, the jailer took Paul and Silas to his home and gave them something to eat.
There are three things that I take away from this passage, three things I'd hope you'd remember:
1. The worst of circumstances can be used by God. Prison and earthquakes? This is why we need the blues and why I asked Brandon Reeves to come be part of this service and singing the blues.
2. Our actions can transform reactions. Be attentive to others. Always be looking out for others. People are always surprised when other’s serve. Ya'll know I wear a nametag just about everywhere and I've been an unpaid employee at places like Lowes, Home Depot, Dollar Tree and Target, to name a few. People are always surprised to learn later that I was willing to help them even though I didn't work there.
Today, one family is responding to God's Story and becoming part of Our Story here at Bethelview UMC. Not only are we excited their joining, we're also celebrating the baptism of a father and son together...
Pray for an opportunity to share God’s story with them. Maybe it is something in your family, something at church, or something at work, where God was evident.