Wednesday, June 14 – Acts 16:29-31

Jun 13, 2023

And the jailer asked for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear, he fell down before Paul and Silas; and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

 

Freedom is a loaded term in our culture. We take our rights and liberties very seriously, and infringing on those rights is grounds for lawsuits and protests. However, the biblical idea of freedom goes beyond what we associate with civil liberties. This is the message of Acts 16 and the whole counsel of God’s Word. True freedom is found in Christ and obedience to His teaching—and the freedom we experience in Christ then compels us to extend that freedom to other people.

 

It all started with Paul and Silas preaching the message of true freedom in Christ and then allowing the Spirit to manifest that freedom by liberating an enslaved girl from demonic tyranny. As a result of their commitment to true freedom in Christ, Paul and Silas suffered unjustly. They did not, however, suffer in vain—and neither will we.

 

God is so committed to extending freedom to every person that He will use any circumstance to accomplish it. In fact, He already has. Freedom from sin is the reason Jesus came to earth and hung on a cross until He died. And now, freedom from sin is the reason God allows us to remain on the earth through trials and suffering. Freedom for the jailer and his entire family is one reason God allowed Paul and Silas to be imprisoned.

 

  • The jailer was about to end his life. What realization caused him to drop his sword, turn on the lights, and fall at Paul’s feet?
  • What did Paul and Silas’s actions cause the jailer to ask? What answer did they give him? Are you living in such a way that your actions might cause someone to ask how they might find freedom?
  • Thank God that He frees people by working through His freed people. Invite Him to show you how you might better celebrate the freedom you have in Christ.
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