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Feb 3 Devotion: A Window To The World

A Window To The World

Acts 20:7-10

[7] And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. [8] And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together. [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. [10] And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.

We often read this portion of scripture and immediately make light of how long Paul preached. I’ve heard said how “I’d fall asleep also if preacher preached till midnight.” I understand completely that Paul preached a long time. Well past bedtime in fact. However, was it the long sermon that caused the young man to sleep? What if he had been sitting amongst the others on the floor? Would the same thing have happened? It’s possible he could’ve still fell asleep, but he wouldn’t have fallen from the third loft had he been sitting.

How many “falls” do we take because we are sitting to close to the window of this world, rather than finding a seat at the foot of the cross.

When we sit in the window so to speak, peering out at the world, we begin to get too comfortable. We will compare our lives to the lost, and think more highly of ourselves than we should. We will begin to think the grass is greener on the other side. Sitting in the window we allow the world to distract us from the things God would have us to be focused on. We then allow the things of God to become less important to us. Our mind begins to drift during the preaching. Our time spent in prayer and study begins to wane. Over time we begin to replace them with worldly things and then become comfortable in the few things we have that we devote to God. It’s this comfort that then leads to great falls into temptation and sin. If we would stay away from that window and instead nestle ourselves up to Jesus we would take notice much quicker when we allow outside things take precedence over God.

Are you sitting in that window today peering out into the world, or is your focus on the Lord?

God bless you today!

Bro. Josh Richardson


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