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September 8, 2022
Today’s reading: Acts 20:8-10
Lessons from Eutychus
We read in Acts 20:8-10:
8 There were many lamps in the upper room where they were gathered together. 9 And in a window sat a certain young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep. He was overcome by sleep; and as Paul continued speaking, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead. 10 But Paul went down, fell on him, and embracing him said, “Do not trouble yourselves, for his life is in him.”
Eutychus was a young man who fell asleep listening to Paul. He fell down and died.
There are some lessons we should take note of.
First and foremost, you need to be careful. You need wisdom and as much as possible to get away from danger. Eutychus should have already known that sleeping in the window could lead to tragic consequences. We must have foresight and understanding that if something goes wrong, we should do our best to prevent or avoid it.
For Eutychus, his untimely death would have been easily prevented if he didn’t sit on the window.
Next, spiritual drowsiness and sleepiness could lead to spiritual death. Just like Eutychus, we might be listening to God but once we are overcome by a spiritual lethargy, we can fall down the window.
As soon as you feel you’re spiritually sleepy, refocus your mind. Energize yourself. Draw close to God.
Finally, God honors our effort. Eutychus might have fallen asleep and died because of that, we still can’t deny the fact that he was there listening to Paul. He took the initiative to listen to God’s word. He probably even did his best to stay awake even if his body was weak.
We don’t know the whole story and God saw something in Eutychus that Yahweh gave him another chance to live.
This shows us that God has a bigger perspective in all situations. As long as we are doing our best, God will honor that and will bestow on us the gift of life.
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