What comes to mind when you read the above words? Religious jargon? Legalism? Judgmental preaching? The truth is, these are the topics the Apostle Paul chose to speak on when he spoke to governor Felix “concerning faith in Christ”.
“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.
No one goes to a doctor unless they think that they are sick, likewise, no-one comes to the Savior until they realize they are a sinner and in need of God’s forgiveness. So, before Paul could lead Felix to the Savior he had to help Felix understand his sinful condition before God. As a matter of fact, that’s what Jesus said the Holy Spirit would do through His disciples…
“And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: “of sin, because they do not believe in Me; “of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;” John 16:8-10, NKJV.
Unfortunately, not everyone who understands they are a sinner comes to the Savior. For once Felix understood, he was afraid and sent Paul away. Delaying to accept Christ as Savior is not far from denying Him. Procrastination can be spiritually deadly. If you feel conviction of your sin, then come to the Savior today. You are not guaranteed tomorrow.
“Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, again He designates a certain day, … “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.”” Hebrews 4:6, 7 NKJV.
“For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2, NKJV.
If today you hear His voice harden not your heart Pastor Mike