Acts 16:30-34 – “And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.”
Everyone is talking about the World Series. Everyone is excited about the possibility that the Chicago Cubs could win (Disclaimer – I’m writing this Tuesday night not knowing the outcome of the game). We all desire something or someone to believe in.
When we are young, we want to believe in Santa so that we get presents at Christmas. Some also believe in the Easter bunny, leprechauns and the fear of a broken mirror.
But that’s all superstition and tall tales. None of those do any of the good or evil they are portrayed to do. But people believe in them all the same.
I chose to put my faith and trust in Someone more substantial, more dependable, more proven – Jesus Christ.
The jailor in this passage was looking for something to believe in. He had probably seen and heard it all. He had experienced superstition and heard every tall tale imaginable. He was ready for something real. Never in a million years would he have guessed that these two fellas who had been arrested for ejecting a demon from a young girl would have the answers he was looking for. They probably looked like a couple of nobodies. There was probably nothing special about them. Nothing to make them stand out – except for the joy in their heart. They were singing praises to their God, for lands’ sake, in the pit of a prison! Never had he heard such!
And then there was this unbelievable earthquake and he was ready to end it all thinking that the prisoners had escaped. When he found out they were all there, he had to know what these fellas were all about.
And did he ever find out! Not only him, but his whole house accepted Jesus as their Savior. They all needed Someone to believe in.
Are you holding Him back? Do you have people in your life that are searching? They have heard it all and seen it all – except for the Best of All. They are searching for Him and they don’t even realize it! And it is YOUR job to share Him. God has brought you into their life for that very reason. Are you being faithful to your calling? Are you sharing Someone to believe in?