When someone comes to Christ, we should notice a difference in their lifestyle and actions.
Instead of killing himself, the jailer cleaned up Paul & Silas, washed and cleaned his wounds. His normal course of action should have been to report the earthquake and loosed prisoners and then submit himself to the punishment.
That would be the honorable thing to do for a roman jailer, but God renewed his heart and spirit, made him a new person, and thus his whole attitude can lifestyle changed.
Here we have a gentile bringing in a Jew to eat with him. When the family heard the gospel, they believed and were baptized, and the whole family rejoiced because they now had a relationship with the living God.
An entire household which was more than wife and kids-usually meant many generations and aunts and uncles-came to faith in Christ, not because Paul had a lot of things or blessings, but because God allowed Paul & Silas to endure suffering in order to be a witness to an entire family.
We never know how God will use hardships in our lives in order to be a blessing to someone who needs Jesus.
Going through a hard time right now? Look around to see who may be watching you. Look around to see how you might be able to change someone’s life.
The enemy meant to have Paul & Silas in jail to stop their work. But God turned all that around for His good.
God turned what the enemy meant for evil around and used it for good, and God can turn any hardship in your life around as well.