Family Faith

William C. Brownson

READ : Acts 16:25-34

Paul and Silas have been beaten and jailed in Philippi. Bruised, bloody, their feet clamped in stocks, they suffer side by side in the worst cell of a Macedonian prison. It is midnight.

If you had been there, would you have heard them moaning in pain, raging against their tormentors, bewailing their lot? No. You would have heard songs in the night.

Then comes the earthquake. The jailor fears that his captives have all escaped. Desperate, he is about to take his life when he hears Paul calling. Relieved and awed, he cries, “What must I do to be saved?”

Paul is ready with an answer. “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household” (v. 31).

That last phrase arrests me. Paul, speaking the word of the Lord, announces that a man’s personal faith in Jesus will bring blessing to his home. He will be saved and his household.

A friend of mine says that God likes to bring forth fruit “in bunches.” One person’s faith is a hopeful sign for a whole family. What a promise to claim for those we love!


Father, as those who trust in Jesus, we pray that our loved ones will come to know you as well. Thank you for your promise. Amen.