Daily Reading & Prayer
Acts 24:1-26:32Acts 24:25, "As Paul talked about 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.'"
Have you ever been offered something that sounded really good, but then realized it came at a cost? It may have sounded like:
- "Want this promotion that has better pay? Great! You'll have to work 10 hours extra each week."
- "Want to get married? Great! You'll have to sacrifice your time, money, and energy for the rest of your life."
- "Want to lose 30 pounds? Great! You are going to have to work out daily for 30 minutes and make good food choices."
Suddenly, that thing may not sound so good anymore, and you end up saying, "Maybe later." Because when it comes to the small print, to the nitty-gritty of acquiring anything worthwhile, it always costs something! And when it comes to living God's best for our lives, it's often easier to push away than make necessary changes.
Felix was amused by Paul's passion. But as the apostle spoke — and got a little up front and personal about his lifestyle — the Roman governor of Judea experienced a shudder down his spine; he was afraid. It was easier to get out of Dodge than to actually confront the truth behind Paul's words. Felix gave Paul the ultimate "maybe later…" The man was an outright opportunist — but the opportunity to come clean and surrender his life to God was one he hurriedly declined!
Don't be a "Felix"! You can't afford to address your spiritual life with an "at a more convenient time" mentality — convenience may come too late! Accept God's offer of a rich, abundant life here on Earth and a treasure-filled eternity with Him in Heaven. It won't be easy; you'll pay the price, but it will be worth it! After all, Christ paid an immeasurable cost for your salvation. And, in the end, when you receive your reward in Heaven, you'll be happy that you didn't say, "Maybe later, God."
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the abundant life You have to offer. Help me to not shrink away, but instead seek Your kingdom. I know there’s a cost, but it leads to the greatest of rewards — seeing Jesus face to face in eternity! Amen.