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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Whose on First"

Date published: 10/21/2012
 
Acts 16:25-28 “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.  Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken.  At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody's chains came loose.  The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped.  But Paul shouted, "Don't harm yourself! We are all here!"  (NIV)  
 
Paul exhibits a selfless life by having more concern for the jailer’s safety than for his own freedom.  How would you react if you received too much money from a merchant or you could significantly advance yourself at the expense of another or someone who had wronged you needed your help?  Are you willing to put another ahead of you at the expense of money, position, or time?  Jesus taught in Matthew 23:11-12, “The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”  Putting another person’s interests ahead of yours shines a light on how God is working in you.  It gives God the opportunity to touch that person’s life for salvation or stir that person’s heart for greater affection towards Him.  It is this contrary lifestyle to the world that brings people to Jesus.  Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”  This type of lifestyle only comes when you live a devoted life that is poured out to Christ.  May your life be given wholly to Christ so that others may see Him in you. 
 
Now for rest of the story: Acts 16:30b-34 “‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’  They replied, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved — you and your household.’  Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house.  At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized.  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 whole family.”  (NIV)