As Paul talked about 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.” At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe, so he sent for him frequently and talked with him. Acts 24:25-26
Felix just wanted to be done with Paul. Felix wanted to keep the priests happy, but listening to Paul and God’s word made him pretty nervous. He just wanted Paul to go away, to the point of wishing Paul would give him a bribe so that Felix could release him. It is not an easy road that Paul articulates in Acts 24:16 “So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.” Are we honest with ourselves and others as we live our lives in God’s grace? Do we make too many excuses for thoughts and actions that we know really don’t keep our conscience clear? Paul did not get a pass out of jail; he did not forsake his beliefs and his love of God to take the easy way out.
Dear Lord, help us to live our lives in your name. Help us to understand not to expect a free pass in a life of no cares or worries. Help us to know that we are living Your plan. Amen.