Asleep at the Windowsill

by Brent Lamberth

Spend a few minutes reading the brief story of Eutychus found in Acts 20:7-12.

On the first day of the week, as we gathered together for a meal, Paul was holding a discussion with them. Since he was leaving the next day, he continued talking until midnight. There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we had gathered. A young man named Eutychus was sitting in the window. He was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell from the third floor and died. 10 Paul went down, fell on him and embraced him, then said, “Don’t be alarmed. He’s alive!” 11 Then Paul went back upstairs and ate. He talked for a long time—right up until daybreak—then he left. 12 They took the young man away alive, and they were greatly comforted.


Surely most of us have been guilty of dozing during a church service when the power of sleep simply overcame our willpower to worship. And certainly everyone would grow at least a little weary over the course of a sermon that lasted until the midnight hour, even if it was delivered by the apostle Paul! Eutychus just happened to be sitting in the worst possible seat for such an occasion. Yet, his tragically comical story is a figurative reminder and warning to all Christians regarding the dangers of spiritual sleepiness.


Traditions can play a major role in spiritual lethargy. Even though they are intended to create good and meaningful habits, traditions can become a source of monotony and resentment for Christians, even paralyzing and keeping a church body from moving forward. Ask yourself:

Are you sleeping through your spiritual life?

Are the traditions of your church nourishing your congregation to be awake and active in God’s world?


Take some time to evaluate your relationship with God and then think about the following:

Is your relationship with God vibrant and moving and growing, or do you find yourself asleep at the windowsill?

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