A Powerful Testimony

And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.  And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.  But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.  Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

Acts 16:25-30

This jailor must have heard Paul and Silas as they were praying and singing praises to God.  He must have seen them come into the prison, accused of nothing more than teaching and preaching about the Lord Jesus Christ.  We don’t know what he was thinking before this great earthquake shook the prison, but surely he had noticed the testimony of these two Christians.

After the earthquake, Paul and Silas stayed in the jail despite the open doors.  They did the right thing.  And that was not lost on this jailor.  The combination of hearing their prayers and praises and their righteous actions caused this man to “come trembling, and fall down before Paul and Silas,” and ask this question that rings through the ages: “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

Had Paul and Silas sulked and complained in the prison, the jailor would have noticed that, too.  Had they made a break for freedom as soon as the doors opened, the jailor would have killed himself and never been saved.  But through the powerful testimony of these two men, he came to Christ.

How is our testimony?  Does watching our words and actions make people want to go to Jesus?  Or does it drive them away from Jesus?  That is something we need to watch every day!

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