Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.” And they shared the word of the Lord with him and with all who lived in his household. 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. He brought them into his house and set a meal before them, and he and his entire household rejoiced because they all believed in God. Acts 16:30-34
Paul and Silas were in jail for continually sharing the salvation that comes from having faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Instead of lamenting over their imprisonment they sang songs of praise. Then the jail was shaken by a powerful earthquake, but there was no mass exodus to escape. The jailer just realized what happened that it prompted him to ask Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” In his question, he demonstrated his recognition of his need of a savior. Then Paul and Silas presented the gospel by telling him to “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.” Little did they know that God has been working already in the life of this jailer. Then Paul and Silas went to the home of the jailer where they continued to share the gospel and the whole household surrendered their lives to Christ. We will be amazed to see how God works in the life of others that at the moment we have the courage to share the gospel they are ready to say, “I want to surrender my life to Christ.” We find it difficult at times to tell someone about the message of salvation. The apprehension is brought about by fear of rejection or isolation. “What if they say “No”? “What if they will not hang around with me anymore?” These might become the consequence of asking someone to give their life to Christ. But it might be also that God had already prepared their hearts and it was just at the right moment that when you asked them to surrender their lives to Christ, they could say “yes” to Christ. Always remember that it is not our role to convince someone to accept Christ in their life as their Lord and Savior. Just like Paul and Silas, our role is just to tell them the love of God. Give others the opportunity to hear the gospel like you had so that they too will believe in Him. Do not give up and believe in God’s promise. “...so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11 NIV).
Noel De Guzman