“The Lord God Does the Saving”
This is an important thought to ponder. Perhaps you know someone who says I led (insert a number) people to Christ. Pastors sometimes know the exact numbers of people they baptized and can proudly recite that number to you. But the forces of the Lord are at work when a person is saved. Please look for this truth as you look at the following verses.
11 From Troas, we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day on to Neapolis. 12 From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days. 13 On the Sabbath, we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. 14 One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. 15 When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us. There is was in verse 14, did you see it? Acts 16:14 One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. Paul couldn’t and didn’t take credit for the conversion of Lydia. Luke, the recorder of God’s words in Acts understood too.
Some time ago, I was thinking of people who have attended our Church and have not been baptized or became members. I asked one person and they said sure, they had been baptized. You did the baptism. I probably got red with embarrassment. But later I thought, that is a good thing. I am not keeping track of numbers.
In 1 Corinthians, Paul scolds the Christians because they are arguing which baptizer was the best. Once again, we talk to people about Christ, we tell them about salvation by faith in the grace of the Lord. The changing of hearts, that is above our pay grade. We let that up to the Lord God.
Be Blest, Be a Blessing