Stop the Slumber

by APC on July 12, 2017

My husband and dad are nappers. It doesn’t matter where they are; they can take a nap—and this includes being seated in the upright position.

I become fearful the times I catch a glimpse my spouse or father falling asleep out of the corner of my eye. The head nod is the telltale sign, followed by the relinquished control of the head onto the chest or shoulders. My mom and I always croon to our husbands, “You’re going to snap your neck.”

As worried as I am at the onset of napping, in the case of my loved ones, I’m soon laughing hysterically as I watch them wake themselves up, or slightly injure themselves falling asleep. Hey, don’t judge me. If you nap sitting up, that’s a risk you’re willing to take, and you give license to anyone around you to make fun of you when something goes wrong.

In reality, these men sleeping with a crooked neck is the least of their problems. Worst case scenario is the forward propulsion of their bodies out of the seated position, away from their secured napping stance. (And, I’ve never seen this happen by the way.) This my friend, is no laughing matter, as was the case in Scripture:

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…And a young man named Eutychus, sitting at the window, sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer. And being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead (Acts 20:7, 9, KJV).

What we have here is the case of a young man, who fell asleep sitting in a window listening to Paul preach at midnight. Due to his seated position, at the onset of slumber, he propelled out the window to his death, three stories below. Paul raised him up, but the moral of the story—watch where you sleep!

Joking aside, what’s different here in Scripture is this young man didn’t choose to take a nap. (All you nappers out there can relax a little bit—I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with sleeping). The verb utilized here in the Greek signifies how the man was borne down, or overpowered with sleep. Due to the late hour, or maybe even the subject matter, the natural body became weary and sleep overtook him. He couldn’t resist it any longer.

We don’t know any more detail than what’s provided here in Scripture, but we can read between the lines and learn a few valuable lessons. Eutychus’ body was tired—we get it—but it overcame him with sleep. In our spiritual walk, our natural man (our flesh) has its own agenda and way of operating. But, we must resist the flesh! God sends His Spirit (the Comforter) unto us so we can overcome the things of the flesh (Galatians 5:17); He gives us power!

I don’t know if Eutychus was bored with Paul’s teachings, but this could be a warning sign to all of us. We can’t get too comfortable in our flesh (the natural), that we don’t hunger after the things of God (the supernatural). Church should never be boring to the believer—it should be the most exciting thing we do all week! And, if we have the Spirit of God alive in us, we won’t ever be tired of the Word—the Spirit never sleeps! The Holy Ghost will give us a continual hunger to fellowship with God, and we’ll never grow tired or weary in His presence.

Let’s be careful we don’t fall into a worldly slumber. If we “nap” at the inopportune moment, and find ourselves falling to our deaths like Eutychus, there won’t always be someone like Paul—full of the Holy Ghost and working on the Lord’s side—to wake us up.