Acts 16:32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house.
They spoke the word of the Lord there and then.
They didn’t wait till morning.
They didn’t wait till their wounds were healed.
They didn’t wait till the prison was secured.
This was an opportunity not to be missed or to be put off by inconvenience.
The jailer had asked and they responded with the gospel story. He had heard some of it before as they had shared with the other prisoners. But he needed to have the gospel given to him. Everyone needs to see how the gospel story weaves into their own story of life. They also need to know from the beginning that this is a shared gospel. It is not for them to keep, it has to be given away. So the jailer gathered his bewildered household together, they had never experienced a night quite like this one and there was more to come!
The time for sharing the gospel is never convenient. There are times when the light shines only during the night, just ask Nicodemus.
The time for sharing the gospel is never pain free. There are times when you have to forego your own need for healing and relief to bring eternal peace, just ask the thief on the cross next to Jesus.
The time for sharing the gospel is never in the perfect circumstance. Mayhem can be all around, prisons can be wrecked by earthquakes and yet this can be the perfect moment, just ask the jailer!