The Hero who Slept in Church

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My friend and I used to joke about some of the choices we made in campus. We once embarked on a long journey looking for a job while we were still students. It was miles away from school, we managed to get the job and tried balancing our studies, the job and our lives, until we realized we had not been paid for months, and we were in great debts trying to look for fair to work every weekend. Every time we meet we have to laugh about that season as we remind each other how determined we were. It did not make sense at all because we already had a radio station in school and we even hosted programs there. They say everything happens for a reason, but I sometimes struggle finding reasons why some things happened in my life: some seasons make no sense at all.

God says that every word in the Bible is important. ‘All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.’ 2 Timothy 3:16. As I read my Bible daily I sometimes wonder what some verses mean, I struggle to understand why some things had to be recorded. I keep asking ‘Was that really necessary?’ For example, many times I have laughed at Eutychus in Acts 20:9, the man was seated in a window while Paul was teaching, he dozed off, fell down and died. Then Paul went down and declared that Eutychus is alive, and he was actually taken home alive. So, someone dozes off and sleeps and instead of being told what Paul was teaching, we are told about the man?

For a moment, I thought Eutychus deserved to die. Why was he asleep yet the powerful man of God was teaching? I thought if I were Paul that would be my lesson. ‘If you don’t pay attention, you will die!’ But this morning I have thought about Eutychus in a different way, the man showed up. He made an effort to come for the meeting. We don’t know why he chose to sit at the window, but what if the place was full, and he wanted to stay and learn? What if his body gave in because Paul extended his sermon till midnight? Eutychus to me is a reminder that God sees our effort. He was resurrected and not left dead because he chose to stay, he tried his best. For his effort, he had to be mentioned.

Every single thing we do for God is not in vain, even when we doze off while at it, it’s not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58 tells us, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” God does not punish us for dozing away during the service; instead He recognizes our effort to show up for the service. Maybe you have been focusing so much on the mistakes you have made in service, the times you arrived late, the times you gave less, the times you dozed off while in a mission, the times you have slept while praying. Today be reminded that God acknowledges your effort and He is concerned about your life. He will not break that bruised reed, instead He will strengthen it for His glory. Your effort makes you a hero.

And yes, some things don’t make sense now, they might not make sense tomorrow but one day, they will. It may be hard to derive a lesson while still in the fire, but no experience goes to waste. Keep fighting the good fight of faith, a reward awaits.


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