FRIDAY, MAY 3
“And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family.”
Acts 16:29-33 (ESV)
THE RESCUE TEAM: LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES
The jailer in Acts 16 was a cruel man, but after he saw God move and the disciple’s response he wanted to know how to be saved. He asked the disciples and they explained he needed to choose to place his faith in Jesus.
One time there was a man who was fishing beside a river. Suddenly, he fell into the water. He was not very good at swimming but he found a log to hold onto. The log could barely keep him afloat but he held on tightly for dear life. Unfortunately, the river was about to go over a huge waterfall. The man could hear the roar of the water and see the mist from the falls. Right before he reached the edge, a man on the side of the river threw him a rope. The man had two options. First, he could hold tightly to his log and go over the falls to a certain death. Second, he could let go of the log and grab the rope and be pulled to the shore.
This is the same choice we all face with Christ. First, we can hold tightly to our old life and hope that we will stay afloat but the reality is that we are headed toward destruction. Or, we can let go of whatever gives us “false hope” and reach out to Christ for salvation. This is the same choice God wants to use us to share with people around us.
In the message this past week we talked about opportunities when people tend to be more open to the gospel or an invitation to church. Some of those opportunities were new jobs, homes, or schools. Others opportunities were life transitions like marriage, divorce, childbirth or graduation. And maybe the most common opportunity is when people are going through adversity. Take a few moments and ask God to bring to your mind people in your life going through seasons where they may be open to a church invitation or a discussion about the gospel.