Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
And they said,
Believe in the Lord Jesus
and you and your household will be saved.
So they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to everyone in his house.
He took them in at that hour of the night and bathed their wounds;
then he and all his family were baptized at once.
He brought them up into his house and provided a meal
and with his household rejoiced at having come to faith in God.
— Acts 16:22-34
The peace of the Lord be with you. I am sure most of us have had the experience of being somewhere just at the right moment, and out of that moment something is born that we would have never expected that changes the world around us. So it is with Paul and Silas. They are apprehended, beaten, and jailed for preaching about Jesus. Later, after an earthquake happens and they do not try to escape their confinement, their example and obedience brings a family to conversion.
It is difficult to remember but our lives are not are own, our life is gift from God and we show our gratitude for His gift by ordering our life according to His will. That is when, and where, the true fruit of our lives is born out — this is where we will find our true purpose.
So today, let us listen for God’s call and follow where He leads for ultimately it leads to life eternal. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.