One of my coaches at Bogue Chitto said something in an FCA event that has stuck with me through these years. Coach Micky Myers said – “your life may be the only Bible someone ever reads.” I’ve always thought about that, how I live, how I act, how I react, those actions say so very much about who God is, how He loves, how we cares, how He wants to know all people.
As believers this morning, as those that follow God, people are watching us today, to see how we react to life and circumstance. People are paying attention. The are listening.
I was thinking about that this morning as I read one of our texts today, Acts 16: 25-31. Listen to what it says:
25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. 27When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. 28But Paul shouted in a loud voice, ‘Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.’ 29The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30Then he brought them outside and said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ 31They answered, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.’
There are no unimportant words in the Bible. Everything there has a meaning or a purpose. So today as I read, what stood out to me was the end of verse 25 “and the prisoners were listening to them.” Luke (the author of Acts) didn’t have to include the fact that the other prisoners were listening to Paul and Silas singing hymns. It wasn’t really “important” to what was happening. That’s what we tell ourselves.
But, it’s in the Bible. So do it does matter. So what does it tell us today?
They were listening to Paul and Silas sing. They were in prison. It was awful. It was terrible. It was not a good place to be. And what did the other prisoners here in that moment? Faith. Hope. Believe
They were listening to Paul and Silas. They wanted to know if their faith was real, was it something that truly matter when times got to. And I believe, they really wanted to believe. They wanted that faith. They were listening to see if it was real.
The world is listening to us today. They are listening. They are paying attention to what we do; to what we say; to what we live.
They want to know that we really, actually believe what we say that we believe. They want to know that we mean it. In a world that is changing and so temporal, they really want to know that we actually believe what we say that we believe.
They are listening. Today, what do they hear from us?
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