Paul poured himself wholeheartedly into serving Jesus

Acts 20:9 And there was a young man named Eutychus sitting on the window sill, sinking into a deep sleep; and as Paul kept on talking, he was overcome by sleep and fell down from the third floor and was picked up dead. [At Troas]

Paul left Antioch on his 3rd missionary journey [Acts 18:23] and continued for 3,050 miles to Jerusalem [Acts 21:15] A On his return route from Corinth in Greece [Achaia] and through Macedonia he was in Troas near the North East part of the Aegean Sea in the map below. [See map at bottom of page]

After seven days, on Sunday, Paul began talking to them, intending to leave the next day, and he prolonged his message until midnight. Then a young man named Eutychus sitting on a window sill, as Paul kept on talking, overcome by sleep a fell down from the third floor and was picked up dead. But, Paul went down and embraced him and the boy was revived. Paul came back up, they all ate together, and Paul taught them until morning.

Two things occur to me from this account. 1] Paul was a strong, faithful servant of Jesus who fought the good fight with all his strength his entire life as a disciple of Jesus. B Paul never quit even if he put a boy to sleep who died. The boy was revived and Paul preached until morning. 2] It reminds of Super Bowl Sunday January 24, 1982 when I went to sleep on the front row as Dr. Homer Lindsay Jr. preached. He was preaching away and said “I know Jesus just like I know these deacons on the front row” as he swept his hand around pointing at the men. When he came to me his hand stopped and he said “wake up Henry, somebody wake up Henry”. I woke up.

We were both good sports about it. He told a joke on himself that night and I laughed about being awaken. It has produced a lot of laughter in the last 36 years. To my surprise Dr. Lindsay ask me to be the chairman of the deacons in 1983. Jesus is good all the time.

Am I willing to be submissive and pursue with all my strength God’s will as clearly outlined in the commands of the Bible. Sometimes this requires saying no to good things that we are skilled at and enjoy to leave energy and time for His will.

Notes: A- For summary of Paul’s 4 Missionary Journeys click here. B- For  I have fought the good fight,” click here. C-  For “New Testaments Commandments” click here.

3rd Missionary Journey: Acts 18:23-21:15; 52-59 AD; Paul writes 1&2 Thessalonians, 1&2 Corinthians, Galatians and Romans; 3,303 miles. Map below.

Henry Luke 2/7/2018

For how to have peace with God click here, how to have peace of God click here, and how to disciple/teach others as described in 2 Timothy 2:2 click here.

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