Felix and the Future
Have you ever had a dream? Something you really wanted to accomplish in life, but the timing just wasn’t right?
Someday we’ll get married.
Someday we’ll buy a house.
Someday we’ll get around to having kids.
Someday I’ll get out of this dead end job and wholeheartedly chase the vision God has given me.
Yet everyday we wake up we find that “someday” seems even further off than it did the day before. And before we know it our dreams for someday have evolved into dreams of retirement.
The Jews come to Felix’s court and accuse Paul of being a troublemaker who constantly stirs up riots among the Jews, being a ringleader of the cult known as the Nazarenes, and desecrating the Temple.
Paul claimed his accusers had no evidence. Felix listened and responded by making a decision.
When the garrison commander arrives, then he would decide the case.
Until then he kept Paul in custody but gave him some freedom and allowed his friends to visit and care for his needs.
In other words, Felix knew Paul wasn’t guilty, but h wasn’t ready to deal with the fall out from the reality. So, he said wait.
Not long after, Felix came back with his Jewish wife, Drusilla. They listened to Paul as he told them about faith in Jesus Christ. He confronted them with righteousness, self-control, and the coming day of judgment.
Felix became frightened by the content of the conversation. The topics of which were very personal to his life.
So, instead of dealing with his own salvation or Paul’s case, Felix said, “Someday.” and sent Paul away again.
Life remained this way for both Felix and Paul for two years. Then when Felix was promoted and Festus took his position, Felix left Paul in prison in order to gain favor with the Jewish people.
Someday I’ll deal with my sin.
Someday I’ll get my life cleaned up and return to church.
Someday I’ll accept Jesus as my Savior, but I’m to busy having fun right now.
But what happens when we run out of “someday”s? What happens when we’re transferred away from our Paul? When we look back and discover we knew what we were supposed to do all those years ago, but willfully chose “someday” over today?
For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2
Unlike Felix, we need to stop focusing on “sometime” and start looking closely at today.