31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Have you ever played follow the leader? It was a game that I played when I was a kid. The basic premise of the game was in order to win you had to mimic the leader. Anyone who failed to follow the actions of the leader was out of the game. What is interesting in today’s verse is the same principle that is in play in that kid’s game is at work in the Book of Acts.
The context of this verse is that the Apostle Paul and Silas have been jailed because the owners of a slave girl whom Paul had cast a demon out of brought false changes against them. The Scripture reveals that while in jail during a time when Paul and Silas were praising God with hymns and prayers an earthquake occurred that caused all the jail cells to open. When the jailor had seen that all the cells were open he was distraught and was intent on committing suicide. Paul revealed to the jailor that even though everyone could have escaped they didn’t and not to harm himself. Overwhelmed by all the events the jailor wanted to know what it would take to be saved. It is Paul’s simple exhortation to belief that transitions the man from darkness into light. Interestingly, Paul also points out something significant. That belief is not just for him, but it is also for his household. Paul is keenly aware that the spiritual experience of a leader will have a spiritual impact on those he leads.
As a leader of a household and a leader of employees, I have many duties and responsibilities. I think sometimes it is easy to forget that my chief duty is to model Jesus to them first and foremost. I am challenged to remember that it is the Kingdom of God that is everlasting. With that in mind I need to make sure that I am encouraging those I influence to be a part of God’s Kingdom and plan. Sometimes I make it too complicated or formulaic, when the reality is that if I just model Christ, if I just model belief that those I have influence on will be impacted. A grown up version of follow the leader.
Who do you influence? Do you model Jesus? Do you model belief?
Heavenly Father, thank you God for your leadership. Thank you Lord Jesus that we can understand better how to be human by studying the example of your life. Father, thank you for those you have given us influence over. Father, empower us today to show them a glimpse of you through our lives so that they may believe. Thank you for your goodness and love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.