Saturday, April 25, 2020

Daily Devotion: Sleeping People

Bible Reading: Acts 20:7-12

Key Verse: Verse 9- “And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.

Key Words: being fallen into a deep sleep

Now, Eutychus is not the only one to fall asleep in church. I have watched couples nod off in magnificent rhythm. I mean perfect timing. Why, there are our spiritual church sleepers, they fall asleep, wake up long enough to say amen and then doze back off into never-never land. Then there was the lady who had the strangest wheeze and smile while she was snoring, it reminded me of a chattering chimpanzee.

Why do people fall asleep in church?
  • Training: That's right, we were trained as small children to stretch out on the pew beside our parents and sleep away. Habits are hard to break.
  • Physical Factors: Medicines we are on.
  • Indifference: Some people would rather sleep than be fed God's Word.
  • Boredom: Let's face it, some messages can be boring.

So much for the diagnosis, what about the remedy?
  • The Service: Must be conducive for worship: good music and a few good, hearty amens every now and then help congregation involvement.
  • Physical Preparation: Get a good night's rest on Saturday night, get up on Sunday morning in time to get ready without a lot of helter skelter.
  • Spiritual Preparation: Take time to have prayer for the service before coming to church.
  • The Speaker: Should be alert and ready, have his message well-prepared. We are not in the entertainment business but each message should be interesting.

I trust you will get the sleep you need, but not in church!!

What to do:
✞ Go to bed on Saturday night and be ready for Sunday.

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