Day 13 – “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2 NKJV)
Today’s thought is shared by Dave and Deb Jackson…
Acts 16:25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. (NKJV)
There are plenty of examples of transformation in the Bible and it was difficult to pick one! Paul is a favorite person of mine to study and I will discuss a family he taught. In Acts 16, we read that the churches kept growing in faith and numbers since Paul has been traveling and teaching.
Paul and his companions went to Macedonia and Lydia and her household were baptized in Philippi. They stayed with Lydia since they planned to stay for ‘some days’ and she asked them to. Paul made a man angry, so Paul and Silas were taken to the magistrates in the marketplace. Their clothes were torn off and they were taken to be beaten, then they were thrown in prison with their feet in stocks.
A transformation (good or bad) can be caused by our example. Col. 1:10 Imagine how Paul & Silas felt being prisoners in a Roman prison, and they were singing and praying to God! What an example of faith. The others in the prison heard them praising God. The doors and chains were opened when God sent an earthquake.
Paul shouted to the prison guard not to hurt himself when he saw the doors open and thought the prisoners had escaped. The guard asked Paul and Silas what to do to be saved. Paul told him and his family to believe in Jesus (31) and they were baptized (33).
The prison guard allowed himself to be transformed after he saw the steadfast example of Paul & Silas when they were in the worst possible circumstances.
Dear Lord our heavenly Father, we thank You for all the blessings You give us, especially Your Son Jesus whose blood cleanses us from all sin. Help us to let our light shine even when we face temptation because we know we are transformed and are an example for others to follow. Be with us in all we do. In Jesus name, Amen. Debbie & Dave Jackson