Thursday, October 09, 2008

How do I look...when I'm hearing from God's Book?

In preparation for the children’s talk on Sunday, I’m looking at Acts 20 where Eutychus falls asleep and then out the window through one of Paul’s lengthy sermons. At first glance, this appears to be a slightly humorous story, however on closer inspection, it has a serious message for child and adult alike. I’ve been challenged to consider the different ways we respond to God’s Word while it’s being taught. As a sneak preview, here are 5 responses:

1. Boredom
2. Anger
3. Laughter
4. Falling asleep
5. Careful listening

We’re not given much information about poor Eutychus. We don’t know the state of his heart or if he was overtired and run down. We do however, know the state of our own hearts and more seriously still, we’re told this in Hebrews:
‘For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double- edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.’ Hebrews 4v12-13
So, next time you have God’s Word open, ask yourself this question:
What kind of listener am I?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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