Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Thankful for Salvation

And he brought them into his house and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, having believed in God with his whole household. Acts 16:34

Unfortunately, many of us take our salvation for granted. We regularly attend church. We sing our favorite songs. We may even pay attention to the message from our pastor. Yet, we frequently forget how we got to the point. What were the circumstances that led us to become regularly attend church.

In this passage we have the story of the Philippian jailer. Paul and Silas are in Philippi preaching the gospel and bringing salvation to the city. While many are being saved, others are opposed to their preaching leading to their arrest. While in jail, Paul and Silas started a mini gospel concert, singing hymns and praising god. Their singing caused the entire prison to shake and their chains were loosed. We need that kind of singing in our churches.

When the jailer saw that the prison doors were open, he believed that Paul and Silas had escaped. He was so overcome with fear that he was prepared to take his own life. In his eyes, suicide was better than the punishment that he would have faced at the hands of the Roman authorities.

Paul managed to get the attention of the jailer, stopping him from killing himself. Immediately, the jailer asked “what must I do to be saved.” Acts 16: 30. Too bad people do not ask us that question more often. Here, the jailer recognized that God was working in the lives of Paul and Silas. His pagan religion was nothing compared to the God who Paul and Silas praised in their singing.

Paul’s response was simple, “believe in the Lord Jesus and you shall be saved, you and your household.” In the middle of the night, when everyone should be sleeping, the jailer brought Paul and Silas into his home. Salvation came to his home that night. The Philippian jailer was full of joy having received salvation. This was an incredible transformation considering the fact that moments earlier he was thinking about taking his own life. He was so grateful to Paul and Silas that he invited them into his home and prepared a meal for them.

Considering the Philippian jailer’s response, are we grateful for our salvation. Is there someone in our lives whom we need to thank for sharing the gospel with us? Is there someone that we should recognize for investing in our spiritual growth? Also, are we excited about our faith? We cannot simply go through the motions each Sunday and say it is time to go to church. Like the Philippian jailer, we should “rejoice greatly for having believed in God,” and receiving the free gift of salvation.

Prayer: Father, I thank you for your love and all spiritual blessings that you have poured on my life. I thank you for rescuing me from darkness and bringing me into your marvelous light. I thank you for those who shared your love with me and spent time discipling me. For every blessing that you have extended in my life I give you all the glory, honor and praise.

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