Day 48/260: Read Acts 24
Are you waiting to be good enough to follow Jesus? Are you waiting for a convenient time? That time will never come. Felix listened to Paul and had a “more accurate knowledge of the Way” than he had previously. But he was not ready to act. The time was not “convenient” for him.
The time will never be “convenient.” The decision to follow Christ is not a frivolous one. You will have to give up some things (but you will gain so much more). You will have to say goodbye to old friends (but the new ones will encourage you). You may even have to sever ties with family (but your new family will be eternal).
Following Christ is not convenient, but it is vital. Your eternal soul depends on it. The Scriptures teach about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come. Such topics rightly caused Felix to fear, but it was not convenient for him to make a decision.
Learning the good news about Jesus is important, but we also must be aware of the bad news. In the end, all will be raised and stand before God in judgment. Let’s not wait for a convenient time, but take advantage of the time we have right now.
Memory (Fill in the blanks)
Acts 22:16. And now why are you _______________? Arise and be _______________, and wash away your _______________, calling on the name of the Lord.
Pray for your friends who have not yet made the important decision to become disciples. Pray for the confidence to share with them both the good news and the bad news.