asleep at the sermon…

On the first day of the week, when we met to break bread, Paul was holding a discussion with them; since he intended to leave the next day, he continued speaking until midnight. There were many lamps in the room upstairs where we were meeting. A young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in the window, began to sink off into a deep sleep while Paul talked still longer. Overcome by sleep, he fell to the ground three floors below and was picked up dead. But Paul went down, and bending over him took him in his arms, and said, ‘Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.’ Then Paul went upstairs, and after he had broken bread and eaten, he continued to converse with them until dawn; then he left. Meanwhile they had taken the boy away alive and were not a little comforted. (Acts 20:7-12, NRSV)

I have always thought that Paul would be a captivating preacher, a wonderful speaker that would hold an audience on the edge of their seats waiting for more. When I am asked the question of name one person that you would like to have time with to converse with, Paul is always in the top 5.

But here we have a story of Paul sharing so much because of his time table that one of those present falls asleep on him. Now truly I can see how this happens. How many of us have fallen asleep in the middle of a fast paced action movie or TV show?

Our lives are so caught up in the fast paced action of life, we fall asleep at the drop of a hat, but Paul’s day was not that way. There was no CSI, or SciFi movies. They gathered to hear stories, and share the things they had heard. They had to use their imaginations to see the moving pictures…

And yet still too much of a good thing can put you right to sleep…

So don’t think you are the first to fall asleep during the preaching. But try not to let our fast paced life make the preaching or discussing of the greatest story ever told to put you to sleep!

Published by asacredrebel

Lions tamed Dragons slain Leaders equipped Disciples trained Jedi Christian Living the Gospel out loud!

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