Question: Are you a sleepy Christian?
Acts 20:7 Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.
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.”
11 Now when he had come up, had broken bread and eaten, and talked a long while, even till daybreak, he departed.
12 And they brought the young man in alive, and they were not a little comforted.
In summary, Paul spoke to the disciples in Troas until midnight. Eutychus fell asleep and fell out of the 3rd story window and died. Paul raised him from the dead, broke bread, talked until daylight, and then departs. They were comforted by Eutychus being alive.
Are you a sleepy Christian?
I’m not going to criticize Eutychus for falling asleep during Paul’s teaching. The room may have been crowded and warm. The fumes from the lamps may have caused him to move to the fresh air near the window. Paul did go on until midnight. Maybe Eutychus worked all day before arriving at the meeting. Plus, he is called a young man. Out of 100 teenagers that you know, how many are deeply interested in spiritual things? So I will not be too hard on Eutychus.
But the passage did make me think about sleepy Christians, and I’m not talking about those who actually fall asleep during church. If Paul was here in our time, how interested would we be to listen to him until midnight? Some Christians would listen intently on the edge of their seat to hear Paul expound the Gospel. However, others may not even bother to show up, may seem uninterested, may be bored, may sit in the back row, or may even find themselves battling to stay awake. Why the difference? Why are some Christians so interested and others so apathetic?
Are you converted?
First, the uninterested may not be converted. They may not have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. I think of young people as I write this blog. They may be at church because their parents go to church, or possibly they are there because of their friends. Just talk to them for awhile. Ask them about their spiritual walk in Jesus. See what’s on their heart. Jesus said, out of the mouth the heart speaks. Their mouth will tell you where their true interests are? Young and old alike, let us examine ourselves to see if we are truly in the faith. Father, I pray for the young people in our churches and in our homes. I pray they will indeed be born again.
Are you practicing spiritual disciplines?
Spiritual disciplines are spiritual activities where we spend time with God. How is your Bible reading and meditation, prayer, attendance at church, service to others, fasting, solitude with God, silence with God, giving to God. Any relationship can begin to drift apart. If you are His, He will keep you from drifting too far. Why are you turning yourself over to Satan and his activities. The Bible says, if you draw near to me, I will draw near to you. Maybe your faith is sleepy because you haven’t spent time with God.
Is the Church or Pastor challenging you?
I have been to good mega churches and good mid-size churches, but I must say my current house church is the best church model for me. I enjoy its interactivity. Everyone has the opportunity to share what God is doing in their life. The Bible teaching is also interactive. I enjoy that as Pastor Brad teaches verse by verse he also encourages us to share our thoughts as to how that portion of scripture is influencing us. For me, it’s just so much more engaging than a lecture type format of most churches. However, even within churches with the lecture format, many are blessed with excellent Bible teachers who can expound how the scripture is relevant while also challenging us to live for Christ.
Are you serving others?
I remember one message by a guest speaker years ago who said most American Christians are full sponges. A sponge can only absorb so much water and then no more, unless the sponge is squeezed out. If we just sit and listen absorbing the Word, but we do not participate or share with others that same Word, then eventually we will not be able to absorb any more. Is your Christian life becoming stagnant? Then maybe you need to get out and serve, teach, or evangelize – squeeze out the sponge.
Are you driven by a selfish pursuit?
Jesus said you can not serve two masters. Do you have a dream, and that dream has nothing to do with Jesus Christ? Is that dream taking all your passion, desires, and energy? Then no wonder your faith is sleepy? There simply is not enough room in your heart for the things of God and for the things of your true passion. The things of the world are choking out the Word. This may be the hardest thing you will ever hear. You may need to give up your dream. Your dream may have become an idol that is now more important than the true living God.
Father, wake up us sleepy Christians.
Please see below regarding why God used Paul to raise Eutychus from the dead.
God bless, Bob @smallgroupbible
Why did God raise Eutychus from the dead through Paul?
As discussed before, the purpose of the signs and wonders was to confirm the message of the messenger. One reason that we don’t see Christians raising people from the dead today is because we now hold the words of those ancient messengers in our own hands – the Bible. Their signs confirmed their message. Now we point back to their signs which confirmed their message in the Bible.
I have posted this verse before, but it’s worth repeating.
Acts 8:4 Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.
5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them.
6 And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
7 For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed.
8 And there was great joy in that city.
However, this verse below I just heard on an excellent podcast by R.C. Sproul teaching about, Are Miracles for today?
Hebrews 2:3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,
4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?