17 Feb Judgment – An Unpopular Concept, An Inescapable Reality
Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess. He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus. As Paul discoursed on righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, “That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.” Acts 24:24-25
It is obvious that in Paul’s explanation of what it means to believe in Jesus Christ there was a point where Felix was too uncomfortable to continue talking about it. This call to live a certain way in right living and obedience to Jesus Christ meant for Felix that he would have to make some changes in his own life that he wasn’t prepared to make.
There’s no doubt that for many in our culture, the thought of a coming judgment is not a popular concept. The ‘American Way’ is to live life independently and to pursue one’s own happiness: Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But there is a higher call that God intended for everyone of us and it has to do with living for Jesus Christ and honoring Him with our choices. Righteousness, self-control and obedience to Jesus leads us to a life of fruitfulness, purpose and effectiveness for His kingdom in seeing people come to know the Lord. For Felix it was never going to be convenient to listen to the truth of the gospel that would challenge him to change his lifestyle and live for God.
These words challenge me to be more efficient with my time and to make the most of every day. There are areas in my life where I am very disciplined. But there are other places where I realize I can make better use of my time and be more effective in serving the Lord.
It is never convenient to make the necessary changes in life, but it is well worth the price when I realize that God is offering me greater fruitfulness, greater success and a harvest of changed lives as I cooperate with the Lord’s leading in my life.
Lord, help me this day to make the most of my time and be a blessing to You and the people in my life. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and help me to be aware of those moments when I need to step outside of my comfort zone to serve You by serving the people You bring into my life. Help me to be a man of discipline and self-control in all things so that I will be effective in all you’ve called me to do.