Imagine with me for a moment.
Going to your local church, on a Sunday morning, or Wednesday evening with your family. There are no clocks on the walls and pastors minister an “unending” message. Or. There are no “set” times or “schedules” to end the services.
Sounds weird. Right?
Probably not good for the American culture.
Yet throughout the book of Acts, we see miracle after miracle happening in services without boundaries or set times.
Acts 20:5-12 is the story of a young man named Euthchus. His name means “favorable, fortunate and lucky.” The Apostle Paul had just returned from a ministry journey and came to Troas to bring a word. This young man named Eutychus is three stories up sitting in a windowsill. This example speaks prophetically of where the church is in America today. We are part of in the world and part in the church. The scripture tells us there were “many lights/candles/flames” in the building. Most likely the building was full. Circulation was not good. The place is warm. Yet the outside temperature was cool.
So Eutychus felt a little of both, much like the church today.
Nice comfortable chairs and refrigerated air make sure folks are comfortable.
Eutychus falls into a deep sleep. Lullaby, in the sweet bye and bye. And he goes head first three stories down. Paul is preaching beyond midnight. Wow! No one got up and left.
The bible says “he [Eutychus] was taken up dead.” Acts 20:5-12. When Paul arrived, he quieted everyone. He did as Elijah did; he stretched himself across the lad. Suddenly, life came back into Eutychus. What a mighty miracle!
After this happened, Paul did not send the folks out to spread the news this miracle had taken place. He didn’t invite Eutychus to join his evangelistic team and travel with him on his journeys. There were no flyers passed out “Come and see the boy who fell three stories and died, yet was raised back to life!” In fact Eutychus never is mentioned in scripture again. No…Everyone went back and had communion, Paul continued preaching. And they remained steadfast until day break.
As you read this, I’m sensing there is a hunger in many around the world to see, experience and partake of the “true and living word,” without compromise, schedules, or programs.
So many are into large TV Ministries that bring a diluted, fabricated, and counterfeit message. Paul paid a tremendous price to have the power, anointing and blessings of God flow through his life.
The day and the hour is upon us where we will begin to see a shaking and a great falling away; we will begin to hear “Man Shall Not Live By Bread Alone, But By Every Word That Proceeds From The Mouth Of God.”
Yes, we need “things.” Basic necessities. Housing, food, clothing, etc. But not to the extent they clutter and corrupt the anointing and flow of what God has planned for our lives.