“He Threw Himself on the Young Man”
In Paul’s third missionary journey, he travelled to Macedonia from Ephesus after the uproar, and travelled through Greece and Macedonia encouraging the churches there. From Greece, Paul had planned to take the long journey by sea directly back to Syria, but the plotting of some anti-Christian Jews made him take a more overland route back through Macedonia, accompanied by many companions.
Upon Paul’s arrival in Troas, the disciples came together for fellowship and the word. When Paul was preaching, a young man named Eutychus fell asleep, and fell from the third storey and died. “Paul wend down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. ‘Don’t be alarmed,’ he said. ‘He’s alive! (Acts 20:10 NIV)’”
Don’t lose focus on others’ life over what you are achieving when you carry the mission. This is Willie James Jennings’ comment of this passage: “We who speak of the saving life of God are often not mindful of the bodies that listen and the dangerous positions they are in as they listen. Nor do we consider enough the danger we put them in as we place the weight of the word on young bodies. In an upper room filled with the Spirit and the sounds of salvation, a young person fell out of the window. Our task, like Paul’s, must not only be to go and raise the child up, bringing them back to life and health, but also to be mindful of the effect of our words on the ears of the young.”
Remember the powerful image of God’s presence when Paul threw himself on the young man. The image also appears in 1 Kings 17:21-24 and 2 Kings 4:32-37. When the tragic happens, God is there. God is throwing Himself on you. Whenever you are discouraged, think of this image. Be still and know that He is God.