Acts 24:25 And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity I will summon you.”
Felix was in complete control of this situation. He knew Paul was innocent yet he kept Paul in jail to appease the Jews and/or to get money from Paul. Felix was obviously concerned or frightened by Paul. How much did he believe? How convicted was he by Paul’s testimony? But, what Felix did not do was make a decision. He said “when I get an opportunity”.
One of the biggest lies we often tell our selves is that we have plenty of time. We may say it in different ways. “I have plenty of time.” becomes “I’ll do it when the kids are older” or “I will get around to it when I have more money”. I will do it this summer, or this weekend, etc. The excuses are plenty but the result is the same. Often it is a misplaced priority, missed opportunities to achieve all we could have achieved. Procrastination only pleases Satan.
Paul preached an uncomfortable message to Felix. Felix did not respond to his message. Rarely does anyone respond the first time. It is a process that requires patience and consistency. Not just in our message but an understanding that people we try to reach may not respond to us at all. But, like Paul, we must continue to speak the truth.
Give me the spirit of boldness and a focus on righteousness. Help me to be consistent in my message and in my manner. Help me to be consistent in my message and obedient to your priorities for my life.