Daily Reading: Today’s bible reading is Acts 24.
I think each of us has a bit of a procrastinator inside us. There is probably a task or two right now that you know you should do, but…it can happen tomorrow. Procrastination takes its toll in our lives in various ways. For me, it means my desk, my inbox, and my brain are often much more cluttered than they should be. Maybe procrastination has even cost you a friendship. Did you put off saying, “I’m sorry.” or “I forgive you.” just a little to long? In Acts 24, we meet a man named Felix who, like us, was a procrastinator. Unfortunately, Felix was a procrastinator of a deadly variety.
In Acts 24, Felix is acting as judge over Paul’s court case. He hears the arguments for why the Jews believe Paul should be executed, and then he hears Paul’s defense. As you read, it feels like a pretty cut and dry case. Obviously there is no evidence against Paul of a crime worthy of death. What does Felix do? He procrastinates. “I’ll make a decision later,” is essentially his reply. While waiting to make a decision, Felix ends up spending some time with his prisoner Paul. Paul, as he always does, shares the gospel with Felix. Acts 24:25 tells us that “Felix was alarmed and said, ‘Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity I will summon you.'” Procrastination. The chapter goes on to tell us that he keeps having conversations with Paul until he is eventually replaced as governor. He never made a decision about Paul. He never made a decision about Christ.
Sometimes Satan attacks us through the temptation to outright rebel against God. We know right from wrong and we chose wrong. Sometimes we just fade into disobedience. “I’ll do it tomorrow,” we think. The gospel invites us to respond. It invites us to live a new way of life. The gospel reminds us to “exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of [us] may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” (Heb. 3:13 ESV) I hope your desk stays less messy than mine, but much more I hope you and I will stop putting off obedience. Let’s obey while the day is called “today.”
Grace & Peace.