A few days later Felix and his wife, Drusilla, who was Jewish, sent for Paul and listened to him talk about a life of believing in Jesus Christ. As Paul continued to insist on right relations with God and his people, about a life of moral discipline and the coming Judgment, Felix felt things getting a little too close for comfort and dismissed him. “That’s enough for today. I’ll call you back when it’s convenient.”
(Acts 24:24-25 MSG emphasis added)
People today would rather hear what sounds good rather than what will benefit them and help them grow. Sadly, telling the truth in this day and age is more like a sin than lying. Wanting to hear what always feels good does more damage than hearing the heartbreaking truth. We can only grow when we know the error of our ways and only hearing the truth will do this. People draw back when the truth is spoken. They withdraw from people, places (church), activities (Bible reading), and God when confronted. We love convenience too much to the point where we are in jeopardy of Godly living. We want to interpret and twist facts to help benefit our individual agendas. We actually stifle our own growth by doing these things. In today’s scripture, Paul was trying to explain to Felix how to live right before God and his people, discipline, and God’s soon coming judgment. Paul was sent away until a more convenient time because what Paul was telling him was hitting the wrong cords for Felix. When we do things like this, we are setting ourselves up to live a life of deception. Everything will not always be easy, and it surely won’t always feel good, but we’ll never grow in God if we don’t hear the hardcore truth daily. The more we run from the truth, the more the devil can use and deceive us. Ultimately, this sets us up to live a life of bondage.
We are living in perilous times where we need the truth over convenience. Eventually, people will see that convenience is not the way to go. It may feel good at the time, but the long-term effects are devastating. Choose today which side you will cling to. You can choose bondage and deception, or truth and freedom. Choose wisely!
Start the process of growing spiritually by facing and embracing truth when you’re confronted with it. If Jesus said that the truth will set you free, then that’s something to hang on to, no matter how painful it is. He never said it will be comfortable or convenient, but you’ll be free in a world that is constantly deceived.
Meditation Scripture (s):
And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:32 NLT)
They won’t listen to what the Bible says but will blithely follow their own misguided ideas. (2 Timothy 4:4 TLB)