The Influence of a Prisoner

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 27:26-44.
Paul told the people of the ship that was carrying him to Rome, that an angel revealed that during the storm they were in, they would run aground on an island (Acts 27:26). Luke wrote of the danger during the horrible storm (Acts 27:27-29). The situation grew so bad that the sailors decided to abandon ship secretly and take the ship’s only skiff (Acts 27:30). However, watch what happened next, “Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, ‘Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved.’ Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the skiff and let it fall off” (Acts 27:31, 32). A Roman centurion listened to the advice of his prisoner!
Think about that the rest of the day. Why did the centurion listen to his prisoner? When you have figured that out, ask yourself: Would the man guarding me listen to my advice? If not, why not?

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