Does God save families?
Scripture reading for November 12th: Acts 16-18
I have prayed that all my family would all be saved and walk with the Lord during their time on earth. God has been faithful and I am very thankful. All my children are serving the Lord and have a personal walk with Him. Many have asked if the Bible promises salvation to each person’s entire family. Can we apply this story about the jailer and his house responding to the Gospel to claim our family?
“But Paul shouted,”Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”. . . . “The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” . . “They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.” They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized. Acts 16:28-33
I believe that this record inspires faith for us to believe God for our entire family to be saved. With faith in God, nothing is impossible. We should ask for the salvation of our families and households and stand in faith in God’s word and mercy. However, when looking at the rest of Scripture, I feel that it doesn’t promise that all will be saved. Each person must choose to repent and believe on the Lord for himself. God doesn’t make anyone believe! Our prayers keep the door open and continue to draw the person to saving grace.
God doesn’t want anyone to be lost! (1st Timothy 2:4-5) He has done everything necessary to provide salvation for every person. He draws each person by the Holy Spirit. Yet, each person has a free will and the ability to choose his own way or God’s way. If we could be made to be saved, all would be saved! Jesus taught that the way of salvation was narrow and few were on that narrow path. The way of destruction was broad and many were on it. (Matthew 7:13) Take time to pray that your household will be saved and that the Lord will draw them to Himself! God honors faith!