Singing In The Dark

"The jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them out and asked, 'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?'” Acts 16:29-31 (NLT)

If someone asked you, "What do I need to do to be saved and go to heaven?" What would you say? The Apostle Paul and his ministry companion Silas were asked this question. During a missionary journey, the two had been thrown into prison, and at midnight they began to sing and praise God (Acts 16:25-34). As they were praising God in prison, there was a great earthquake, and all the prison doors were opened. When the guard saw this, he was going to kill himself thinking everyone had escaped, and he would be executed, but the prisoners remained. Paul brought this fact to the guard's attention and told him not to harm himself. At that moment the guard realized something supernatural had taken place and that Paul and Silas were men of God. He asked them, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" (Acts 16:29). They answered, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved..."

I'm sure the night Paul and Silas were in prison, was the first time in the guard's career that he heard prisoners praising, singing, and thanking God. He must have been confused and wondered, who does that? Because Paul and Silas obeyed and loved God, the Holy Spirit was permitted to work in the heart of the jailer, and he knew that only people who had been changed by Jesus could act this way. And when the supernatural occurred, that was the final proof that opened wider the door of his heart.

What about you and me? How do our lives show people the love and uniqueness of God? How are we living for God so people's previous thoughts and ideas about Jesus can be challenged and their hearts changed? Ask God to do a supernatural work in your life, so that when you respond in an abnormal way, people who are listening (to songs in the dark - our joy in the middle of hard times) and watching (the devastation of an earthquake - God doing the miraculous in our lives) will have their lives shaken. Shaken to the point where they ask, "What must I do to be saved?" Then we can say, "Believe on Jesus and His love and sacrifice for you!" But it starts with our living for Him, living in such a manner that even though we are bound by chains, we can still sing.

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