FRIDAY, APRIL 15
31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.” 32 And they shared the word of the Lord with him and with all who lived in his household. 33 Even at that hour of the night, the jailer cared for them and washed their wounds. Then he and everyone in his household were immediately baptized.
Acts 16:31-33 (NLT)
WHEN I TRUST JESUS, EVERYONE AROUND ME BENEFITS
There was a barber that thought that he should share his faith with his customers more than he had been doing lately. Soon after he opened his shop the first man came in and said, “I want a shave!” The barber said, “Sure, just sit in the seat and I’ll be with you in a moment.” The barber went in the back and prayed a quick desperate prayer saying, “God, the first customer came in and I’m going to witness to him. So give me the wisdom to know just the right thing to say to him. Amen.” Then quickly the barber came out with his razor knife in one hand and a Bible in the other while saying “Good morning sir. I have a question for you… Are you ready to die?”
God used the jailer in Acts 16 to share his faith with his entire household. Eventually, they all placed their faith in Jesus. The jailer’s changed life benefited everyone around him. His family was saved and he cared for the disciples. Mike shared that Jesus changes us so we can bring others to Him and He changes us so it changes how we treat others.
You may have heard people say, “Faith is a personal decision.” And it’s true everyone must decide for themselves if they will place their faith in Jesus. However, that personal decision affects everyone around you. List some ways your life would be different if you weren’t genuinely following Christ. Mike also asked, “This Easter, who will benefit from the fact that you follow Jesus?”
Thank God for changing your life. Ask God to show you how you can bless the people around you as a result of your walk with Christ.