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Your Choice — Submission or Refusal
5/16/2017

And after some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. 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.” Acts 24:24-25 (NKJV)

Have you ever found yourself sharing the Gospel message or some scripture with someone, only to have them become agitated or even ask you to stop?

Such was the case in the Book of Acts with Antonius Felix, the Governor of Judea (Palestine).  Felix — who was at one time a slave himself — was now in a place of authority and power. As history would record he used his authority poorly, as he was a master of cruelty and lust, and he had robbed the people blind.  Felix had the ability to free Paul from the false charges brought against him by the Jewish religious leaders, but instead he chose to take the weak route of entertaining the allegations with hopes of winning the favor of the Jewish people. 

Felix knew about Christianity, but he was not a Christian.  He decided one day to bring his wife Drusilla so they could have a private sit down conversation with Paul about Jesus and “The Way.”  Paul took this opportunity to share the gospel message, and then he began to speak to them about righteousness, self-control, and the impending judgment of God. 

These things convicted Felix and caused him to become greatly afraid, but it appears as if Paul’s message was received as moralistic ranting to Drusilla, because there is no record of her ever coming back and speaking to Paul. 

So if Felix was moved by Paul’s message, then why did he order Paul to stop talking to his wife and him about Jesus?  I personally believe it is because they didn’t want to hear anything causing them to feel the conviction of their actions.  The things Paul spoke about were addressing their sins, and it was undoubtedly causing them to feel very uncomfortable.  The way I see it is they had two simple choices in response to hearing the truth about Jesus—they could either submit to it or to refuse it.

Submission to God’s truth will lead a person to repent of their sins, become spiritually alive to walk in truth, and experience His joy and peace.  Resisting or refusal to hear God’s truth will lead a person to continue to live according to his or her fleshly desires and to remain spiritually dead.  We can see this clearly spoken of in the Book of Romans.

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8:5-8 (NKJV)

Many people will be willing to discuss Jesus and the Bible, as long as it doesn’t touch their life too personally.  We need to know when someone either resists or runs from our witness we have definitely succeeded in making the gospel personal. 

I want to encourage you today to continue to share God’s truth in love with everyone you can whenever possible.  Guard yourself from being condescending or from coming off as “holier than thou” when sharing your faith.  Instead, choose be humble and honest.  Don’t be discouraged when people are offended or shut you down.  Your responsibility is not in their accepting the truth — your responsibility is in sharing it.  May God bless you as you share the message about Jesus Christ.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Romans 8:5-8 what should our minds be on as believers?  What is the difference of being carnally minded versus being spiritually minded?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you spiritually minded?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Keep your mind fixed upon God and His Word continually.  Keep praying about everything.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your Word. Thank You for helping me to be spiritually minded.  Help me to share Jesus with others today, and to remember the proper scriptures to think upon as I share.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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