Sometimes we can be presented with a chance to share something important and it’s up to us to seize the opportunity.
I love the perseverance of Paul in Acts 20:7-12.
Paul was speaking to the people of Troas but he wasn’t going to be there long so took the opportunity to use the time to the fullest and kept talking until midnight.
However, the late-night talking and dim lighting got a bit too much for a man named Eutychus, who nodded off and fell out of a third storey window.
Verse 9 (NIV) says ‘he was picked up dead.’
Not ideal for Paul during his message.
However, Paul went outside, threw his arms around Eutychus and he came back to life. The chapter then goes on to say that they all went back inside, had supper and Paul carried on telling faith stories until dawn.
Paul quite literally talked someone to death, rose them from the dead, took them back inside and carried on talking.
Paul had something important to say.
Sometimes we can feel like Paul. Sometimes we can feel like when we are sharing the good news to people in our world that it falls on deaf ears. It can be disheartening when the person we keep inviting to church doesn’t come. But Paul didn’t get disheartened by the death in the middle of his message.
In verse 12, it says ‘the people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.’
Paul’s perseverance in sharing the Word of God resulted in people leaving greatly comforted, not annoyed that he’d (momentarily) bored someone to death.
God didn’t punish Eutychus for not listening; his life was restored and he was given another opportunity.
Like God perseveres with us, we should continue to persevere with others. Continue to encourage people with Godly words. Continue to invite people to church.
Nights of Hope are approaching; it’s the perfect opportunity for lives and hope to be restored.
A daily devotion for a better way of living.