Unfettered sons of God
"...The crowd joined in the attack, and the magistrates had Paul and Silas stripped and ordered them to be beaten with rods. Then, after giving them a severe beating, they threw them into prison, instructing the jailer to keep them safe. On receiving such strict orders, he hustled them into the inner jail and fastened their feet securely in the stocks.
But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God while the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, big enough to shake the foundations of the prison. Immediately all the doors flew open and everyone’s chains were unfastened. When the jailer woke and saw that the doors of the prison had been opened he drew his sword and was on the point of killing himself, for he imagined that all the prisoners had escaped. But Paul called out to him at the top of his voice, “Don’t hurt yourself—we are all here!”
Then the jailer called for lights, rushed in, and trembling all over, fell at the feet of Paul and Silas.
He led them outside, and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:22-30)
And, you see, this is what we're after. To so prove the living presence of the living Jesus in little lives like ours that people fall down on their knees, undone, at the glory of who He really is. No sermon can do that. No book. No Bible study. The world is dying - literally dying - to see the unfettered "sons of God coming into their own," like these men. The people around you would leave everything behind if only they could see how you possess what's already yours.
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