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." At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe, so he sent for him frequently and talked with him.
Thoughts for Today:We have a friend of the family who is in a pretty difficult spot, financially, emotionally, and most important spiritually. Her situation is complicated by a dependency on alcohol. Every time she calls I know the conversation will eventually get around to the one thing she thinks she wants -- money. So every time I talk to her I give her Jesus instead.
My wife and I have tried many different things. We've tried mentoring and coaching, finding intervention type of programs, helping her go through her bills to create a budget, looked through want ads to find a job, offered to take her to church with us, and given her money of course. None of that has worked, so every time I see her I say the same thing, "The answer to your problem will never be money, job, or therapy. You need the one step solution, you need Jesus. He and only He is the answer to all of your problems and all of your unhappiness. I can't fix you, Sherry can't fix you, but Jesus can."
When I read our passage today I thought about our friend. Paul "discoursed on righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come." Felix was afraid but unchanged -- just like our friend. He sent Paul away saying, "That's enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you." Unfortunately, the only time our friend finds it convenient to talk with us is when her life is spinning out of control.
Questions to Ponder:Does this story sound familiar to you? What has been your solution?