What Are You Waiting For?

Today’s Passages – Acts 23 – 25; Proverbs 23

(Second Milers also read – Psalms 111 – 115; Memorize – Romans 1:21)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Deuteronomy 32:4

Click here to read “The Thanksgiving Box” by Pastor Paul Chappell

“And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.” (Acts 24:24 & 25)

In the passage that we have read today, Paul, after having been arrested for allegedly inciting a riot at the temple in Jerusalem, has been brought to Caesarea for his own protection. The Jews at Jerusalem wanted him dead, so in order to protect Paul who was a Roman citizen, the chief captain secretly brought him out of the city. While in Caesarea, Paul had the opportunity to proclaim the Christian faith to the governor, Felix, and his wife, Drusilla. The Bible tells us that Felix trembled, which means that he was under conviction, he believed at least partially what Paul had testified to him about the Lord Jesus, and about the consequences of rejecting Christ,  yet he postponed a decision for Christ until he had a “convenient season”. I wonder if that convenient season ever came for Felix or his wife. I hope he did, but somehow I doubt it. History teaches that Felix’ wife Drusilla was tragically killed when Mt. Vesuvius, a volcano near Pompeii, erupted in 79 AD. Imagine dying in such a way, only to spend eternity in a much worse state.

It has been my observation throughout the years since my salvation that people need to decide for Christ when they are being invited to receive Him. Many times that convenient season never comes. I strongly urge you who are reading this post, if you are not sure about your eternal destiny, please open your heart to the Lord today. Don’t put it off, tomorrow is not guaranteed. Salvation is simple:

First, you must recognize your need – you are a sinner, and the wages (payment) for sin is death (eternal separation from God in Hell). (Romans 3:10; 23; 6:23)

Second, you must believe that Jesus Christ, God the Son, came to earth and died to satisfy the debt that you and I owed for our sins. The Bible tells us that without the shedding of blood there can be no remission of sins. Somebody has to pay for your sins. Jesus already did, so you don’t have to.

Third, you must receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. The Bible is clear that if you call upon the name of the Lord Jesus, placing your faith in Him, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9 – 13)

You can call upon the Lord today and be assured that He not only will hear you, but He will also save you! You don’t have to worry about eternity ever again.

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:13)

By the way, if you are a Christian, now is also a convenient season for submitting to the will of God for your life. God expects our full obedience to Him. It is our reasonable service.

“(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” (2 Corinthians 6:2)

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