A legend is told of the devil summoning his demons to consider the best way to keep the world on his side. One demon said, “Send me. I will tell them that there is no God.” Satan replied, “They will never believe you. Most of them know that there is a God.” Another said, “Send me. I’ll tell them that there is no heaven or hell.” Satan shook his head, “That will never do. They know that there is life after death.” Then a third spoke, “Send me. I’ll tell them there is a God, a heaven, and a hell, but there’s no hurry to decide.” “Ah,” said Satan with satisfaction, “that is the best plan!” He was sent out into the world to spread this lie (source unknown).
In Acts 24, we find Roman governor Felix presiding as judge over the trial of Paul. The Apostle Paul had been falsely accused by the Jewish leaders of certain crimes. As Paul stood before the judgment seat of Felix, God opened up a door for Paul to turn the tables and reveal to Felix the judgment from God that was coming his way. The Bible says that “after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning his faith in Christ” (v. 24). Felix was about to have an opportunity of a lifetime. He was about to hear the Apostle Paul preach the gospel personally to him and his wife. And as Paul stood before Felix, “…he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come…” (v. 25a). Paul boldly proclaimed the gospel. He preached the righteousness of God, the sinfulness of man, and the judgment to come. And likely for the first time in Felix’s life, the Holy Spirit of God was convicting him of sin and opening his eyes to his lost condition. Felix understood that he was in serious trouble with God. The Bible states that “…Felix trembled…” (v. 25b). Something that Paul said had struck fear into the heart of Felix. Felix shook before the righteousness of God. Felix had a choice to make between life and death, salvation and condemnation, God and Satan. Rather, than asking “What must I do to be saved?” like the trembling Philippian jailor, Felix responded with “when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee” (v. 25c).
There are many in the world like Felix. They hear the truth and they know the truth, but they put it off for a more convenient time. Rather than sensing the urgency of the gospel and fleeing to Christ for righteousness, many dull their conscience and harden their own heart by putting off the things of God for a more convenient time. Isaiah 55:6 says, “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near.” Turn your “someday” into a “today.” For “…now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).