A Convenient Time

Acts 24:25 Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.”

There is a story about three apprentice demons that were coming to earth to finish their apprenticeship. They were talking to Satan about their plans to tempt and ruin humanity. The first said, “I will tell them there’s no God.” The Devil said, “No, that is not going to work. People know there is a God.” The second one said, “I will tell them there’s no Hell.” “No,” the Devil said, “People know there is a Hell and a judgment to come.”

The third one said, “I will tell them there is no hurry.” “Go,” said Satan, “and you will ruin them by the thousands.”

Procrastination is one of Satan’s most effective tools. If he can get someone to say “I’ll get around to it later.” Then the decision is not final, it isn’t absolute.

In Acts 24 we read about the master procrastinator, a Roman governor named Felix. He heard the gospel message as clearly and completely as possible. But Felix didn’t believe the message Paul proclaimed.

It was Felix’s moment of decision. Everything came together. The conviction of the Spirit. The recognition of his need for God. He probably acknowledged the truth of the gospel, intellectually. But he said to Paul, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you”

Procrastination is a great killer of those who are outside the faith. But it can also ruin those in the faith. I’m not talking about salvation but about our walk with God and our participation in the kingdom. If God is telling you to move in a certain direction, do not delay, do not procrastinate. Go where God is sending you because procrastination is a great killer.

 

David Ball,
Pastor