Sometimes it is right to close the church service down.
Acts 20: 10 “Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms round him. ‘Don’t be alarmed,’ he said. ‘He’s alive!’”
Sometimes we need to know when to stop preaching and when to stop having church services and get out of our buildings and go down to where the need is.
With an approach very similar to Elisha bringing back to life the Shunammite woman’s son, Paul throws himself onto the dead young man. I’m not too sure what to make of that except what I do know is that young people need fathers who will pour everything within them, all of their life, their energy, their God DNA, wisdom and power into the young generation. They need the fathers embrace.
Young people may have fallen out of the church and we need to realise that they are not going to come back in on their own accord. Churches today have lost a generation because they waited for the prodigals to return and they are still waiting. Prayer meetings and preaching and church services will not attract them back. They are deadened to those things. They fell asleep and fell out. They need an awakening.
Let us come out from our comfort zones of blessing and throw ourselves on to and in to young people’s lives. We all know of a young person who used to be in church but who fell asleep whilst the church was being blessed. Let us care enough to go to them. May God grant us the opportunity to shout, ‘They are alive again!’