Read Acts 24
Focus on verse 25
Everyday we make choices. Some are fairly innocuous like what we will wear or have for breakfast, others have much more serious ramifications. Some choices allow us the luxury consulting others for advice or taking the time to think through our options, while others demand a split-second response with no time for consultation.
In today’s reading the Apostle Paul presents the governor Felix with a choice that causes him to become alarmed. Felix opts to take the path of least resistance to avoid making a decision.
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.” (v. 25)
Paul was a prisoner that Felix held the power to convict or acquit yet Felix is the one who is described as “alarmed”. One might think that in such a setting Felix would be the one in control and Paul would be the one cowering in fear, but these roles seem to be reversed in this case, with Paul boldly informing Felix of his own coming judgment; something Felix apparently was not comfortable thinking about.
The topic of coming judgment by God is likely a subject most of us are somewhat apprehensive about, but there is no need to be apprehensive if we have made the choice to trust in Jesus Christ as the One who has made that situation right for us. If we are in a situation where we are not certain that we have made that choice we should be more than apprehensive – we should be down right terrified because without Jesus there is no forgiveness for sin, and without forgiveness for sin we are guilty as charged.
The most important choice a person can make in this life is the choice to follow Jesus Christ, because He alone is the way to eternal life with God. There is no other way. God may at times use different paths to get us to the One path, but there is only One path to God and it is found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. Whether or not we find ourselves upon that path rests entirely on our response to Jesus invitation to follow Him. To me that choice is clear.