Acts 24:24-25 “And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.”
Convenience stores make available things one might need regularly. Gadgets make a process or task more efficient. Saving time is often convenient. Efficiency aids to free up time for other, more critical tasks.
But when choosing what will be efficient or convenient may be hurtful, as in the case contained in this passage.
The Apostle Paul was in custody for causing quite a stir with his preaching. His incarceration was lengthy and was presented to Felix and his wife to present his case. There was much interest in this religious man whose message was creating quite an uproar across the land.
The power of the delivery and potency of the message affected the governor and his wife to the place it caused them to tremble. That trembling was the stark awareness of the truth of Paul’s speech.
Felix’s response was to put off his decision.
Acts 24:25 “And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.”
Convenient season. What Felix was saying is to come back when I think it more appropriate or acceptable. The time for salvation is when the conviction is the hottest.
2 Corinthians 6:2 “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)“
Putting off the decision to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior will deaden the conviction and seemingly push the Lord away. There is no biblical standard as to the times or frequency of opportunities the gospel is presented to an individual.
But, wasting the open invitation to accept salvation when offered, is like rejecting a gift when presented. To truly comprehend the price paid and the suffering that Jesus endured to bring us such a beautiful gift, demands our full attention.
Whether it is the decision to trust Jesus as Savior or to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, time is essential. Because we long to have some semblance of control of our lives, we try to regulate the amount of interaction we want with those in our lives – including God.
All the biblical examples of the calling to the decision show us that immediate obedience is most pleasing to God. Yes, God is merciful, but we must not put off tomorrow the choice that confronts us today.