THURSDAY, MAY 2
“When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul cried with a loud voice, ‘Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.’”
Acts 16:27-28 (ESV)
THE RESCUE TEAM: LOOK OUT
Professor Elmer Towns tells about a rough member of a motorcycle gang who was converted to Jesus Christ dramatically and the first Sunday he did the only thing he knew he should do and he went to church. Nobody in the church knew him and he walked down to the second aisle and sat in the seat. And the people stared because he looked the part; big burly, bearded, long hair, black jacket, tattoos. It came announcement time and the minister got up and made an appeal for nursery workers. He said, “We need someone to work in the nursery.” But no one would volunteer. He asked a second time, “We really need someone to go be with our kids.” But no one would volunteer. And the cyclist prayed, “Lord, I want to do what you want me to do and if you want me to go work in nursery just have the preacher ask a third time.” And a third time the preacher said, “Please we need someone to work in the nursery.” And the cyclist raised his hand, nodded his head and started toward the nursery. Immediately, 50 mothers volunteered to work in the nursery.
You never know who God is going to save and use to serve Him. In Acts 16 a jailer is commanded to put Paul and Silas in prison. But he takes things a step further and puts them into “stocks.” “Stocks” were a way of locking the prisoners legs in such a way that they could be stretched to create additional pain and torture. He was most likely not a nice guy and that last person you would expect to be saved. But God used the disciples and the events that followed to bring this jailer to Jesus. This tough jailer becomes suicidal when he thinks the prisoners have escaped. And the subsequent words and actions of Paul save his life physically and spiritually.
If you had to make of list of the people in your circles least likely to become Christians who would be on that list? Do you think you were ever on someone else’s list? Life is constantly changing and you never know what God may use to bring the least likely to Him. So remember to Look Out for those who God is working on and be ready to use your words and actions to lead them to Jesus.