25 As Paul discoursed on righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, “That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.”
Tertullus the lawyer, Ananias the High Priest and the Jewish Elders all poured accolades toward Felix. Paul was respectful in his defense, but still spke the truth of the Gospel. When he discoursed on the ‘big three’, Felix became nervous. He was not accustomed to feeling that way, but hearing the truth about righteousness, self-control and the Judgment placed Felix in the proper place before God. He did as humans often do and pushed back, using his power and authority (although limited) to send Paul away. He brought Paul back frequently, hoping for a bribe, but ultimately he left Paul in prison for two years.
Oh to be like Paul! To speak with respect and confidence on righteousness, self-control and the Judgment and make a leader squirm! God was using Paul, even if Felix was resisting. These three topics are huge with implications – I want to think on them today. Righteousness. Self-control. Judgment. All will change how I live today… it matters how I live. Either I submit to it – or I exert my limited power and resist it – to my detriment.
Father, I am your man today. Not a perfect man, but you know that. I am yours thought, and I want to pursue your righteousness. I want to be self-controlled as I let your Spirit reign in my life. I look toward Judgment Day and allow that reality to influence the decision I make today. Thank you for Your Word and for You unending love. I love You.