A weekly devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
Like many of you, I have been battling a cold this week and so I don’t quite sound the same when I open my mouth to speak. But as I was thinking about this, it reminded me that as followers of Jesus Christ, we are to look and sound different from the world. In Acts chapter 16, Luke tells three incredible stories involving dramatic change, that of Lydia a business tycoon, a young servant girl who can tell the future, and a jailer who is working the night shift in Philippi. The unnamed jailer places Paul and Silas in the inner prison and fastens their feet in stocks, insuring that he will get a good night’s sleep.
But more amazing then the earthquake, which shook the foundation of the prison as Paul and Silas prayed, is the total transformation of the jailer that occurs. After asking “What must I do to be saved?” the jailer responds to the word of the Lord and places his faith in Christ. Immediately he washes Paul and Silas’ wounds, is baptized, and then brings his new spiritual brothers into his house and feeds them. That’s what Christianity should do to a person!
God is in the business of radically changing lives for the praise of His glory. When was the last time someone looked at you and commented, “You sound different. You don’t look the same.” Hopefully it is a question we grow accustomed to hearing and one we are prepared to answer.