There is nothing more guaranteed to focus the mind on the future than the prospect of death. In the Bible, we discover that the apostle Paul took a journey to the Macedonian city of Philippi, Acts chapter 16 verses 11-34. He met much opposition there, so much so that he and Silas were thrown into prison. The jailor threw them into the innermost cell and put their feet in the stocks. They responded by praying and singing hymns in the hearing of all the prisoners.
At midnight, there was a great earthquake that shook the prison, loosed the prisoners’ chains and opened all the prison doors. Death stared the jailor in the face. He knew that if the prisoners escaped, he would not only lose his job, but also his life. The only answer was to kill himself. Facing his employers with an empty prison was unthinkable! Paul stopped him and announced that all the prisoners were still there! He, no doubt, believed in many gods, but he cried out to Paul and Silas, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved’. The reply was clear: ‘BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, and you will be saved’, Acts chapter 16 verse 31. There was a positive ending: he ‘BELIEVED IN GOD with all his household’, Acts chapter 16 verse 34.
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