What Must I Do?

A devotion on Acts 16:31

They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
–Acts 16:31

Paul and Silas preached the message of the Gospel to everyone who would listen.

Their preaching so upset the Jewish leaders, though, that Paul and Silas were flogged and jailed.

Around midnight that night, Paul and Silas — sore, wounded, and hungry — were praying and singing hymns to God while the other prisoners listened. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake. The prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open and the chains of every prisoner fell off!

The quake awakened the jailer in charge of guarding Paul and Silas. When he saw the prison doors were open, he assumed the prisoners had escaped. The jailer knew if a prisoner escaped under his watch, he would be executed. He drew his sword to kill himself.

Paul called out to the guard, however, and assured him that he and Silas were still in their cell. He said, ”Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!”

The jailer could not believe it. But because Paul and Silas had not left, he believed they truly were men of God. He asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

Paul and Silas answered with the words of today’s Bible verse. The jailer and his family believed and were baptized that very night.


Loving Lord, When I face unexpected difficult situations, please help me remember that You are the only Way, the only One who can save me. Thank You for saving me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.


How will I let Jesus know I want Him to save me?