Devotional For Leaders

Bible Verse: 2 Timothy 1:7
Life Application: I can trust God’s plan of salvation and share His love with others.

Paul and Silas were sharing good news about the Savior in Philippi. Paul drove out the evil spirit that was controlling a fortune-telling slave girl, which also drove out the income potential for her owners. The owners quickly pressed charges. Paul and Silas were beaten, chained, and jailed. Then the messengers in manacles began to sing praises to God.

The music was interrupted by a rock concert—the noise of an earthquake rocking the jail off its foundations! The jailer, who would have been required to serve the sentences of any escaped prisoners, decided death would be preferable. Although it was pitch dark, Paul knew what the jailer was about to do and called out to stop him. The jailer asked, “What must I do to be saved?”

The jailer’s first fear was for his own life. However, he soon realized that Paul and Silas had a message he wanted to hear. Paul seized the moment to explain how to be permanently, irreversibly saved from the penalty of sin. The jailer dared to put his future in the hands of Jesus. His action influenced his whole household.

Today, you have the privilege of sharing some simple, life-changing ideas with kids: Admit you are a sinner. Believe that Jesus died to take the punishment for your sin and accept the gift of salvation. Confess Jesus as your Savior and Lord. Kids may follow those steps quickly, like the jailer. Or the process may take months. Either way, thank God for the opportunity to present His plan. We’re praying with you that the kids in your care will take the dare to believe in Jesus!

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