*This Cornerstone column was originally printed in the West Side Journal on September 29, 2011
“. . . in a window sat . . . Eutychus,. . . overcome by sleep; and as Paul continued speaking, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead. Paul went down, fell on him, and embracing him said, “Do not trouble yourselves for his life is in him.” - Acts 20:9-10
Spiritual drowsiness is an epidemic in the church. This scripture is a graphic detail of the attitude and condition of the mind. The problem was not the heat, crowd, tiredness or the long-winded preacher.
Eutychus' spiritual drowsiness was his spiritual laziness. Other things in his life were more important than the Word of God.
“Overcome by sleep” - Do you realize when you fall asleep you are unable to take care of your own life. That's why you lock your doors, set alarms and motion lights. If you fall asleep driving your car, you can endanger your own life. Have I made my point?
Christians can fall asleep to the things of God and not wake up until a 9-1-1 alarm goes off. You can fall into distraction, hurt and offense, un-forgiveness, busyness, or self ambition and lose sight of God.
“fell from the third floor” - Kataphero is the original Greek word for sinking into sleep. It literally means to cast a vote. People fall away by deciding what they are doing is more important than what God is saying.
The Bible tells us not to handle the Word of God deceitfully. This means people think a biblical life is not for them, their situation or for today.
“Paul went down” - Spiritual drowsiness is designed by the enemy to stop what God is doing. Eutychus' premature death could have been avoided. This whole episode was a distraction in the church.
This story is a warning to the church of what can happen to believers. Jesus told His disciples to “watch and pray that we enter not into temptation.” Paul said “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead and Christ will give you light”
Have you fallen out of the window of God's blessings? Does God seem to be far away or impersonal? Paul told the crowd, “Do not trouble yourselves” he then “fell on” the dead man and caused him to “come up.”
It doesn't really matter how dead the situation may seem, God's Resurrection Power is available NOW!