From today’s reading...
But Paul shouted out in a loud voice,
‘Do no harm to yourself; we are all here.’
He asked for a light and rushed in and,
trembling with fear, he fell down before Paul and Silas.
Then he brought them out and said,
'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’
And they said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus
and you and your household will be saved.’” Acts 16:28-31
Paul and Silas were poorly treated. They were in a bad place...but a good state of mind.
Their guard was treated well, but he was in the same bad place and was in a poor state of mind. Such a poor state of mind that he was ready to kill himself when he thought he had failed at his job, which was keeping Paul and Silas imprisoned.
Then Paul did his thing and saved the guard TWICE that night! Once by shouting and once by teaching. But the guard participated in his own salvation in recognizing the act, will, and call of God, which we all must do if we are to…
Stay the course.
Keep the faith.
Now go sell something.