WHY DO YOU WAIT
by David Campbell
This is a question often asked by family and friends of people who have heard the Gospel and do not respond. These individuals apparently understand what is required of them to enter the kingdom and be faithful. Procrastination is a common trait of all humanity. “I will do it tomorrow,” is often used as an excuse for not doing that which should have been done at the best available opportunity. It has been stated that opportunity knocks only once at your door and failing to respond, he will pass on and never return. Thankfully the Gospel is presented frequently, lovingly, and urgently. God’s call to mankind is constant, consistent, and clear.
One of the saddest recorded episodes of procrastination is found in Acts 24:25. The story begins to unfold in a letter to the governor, Antonius Felix from Claudius Lysias, a tribune in the Roman army (Acts 23:24ff.). The purpose of this letter was to detail the charges against Paul (Acts ff.).
Felix is well known in history. He was a servant in the household of Aggrippina, the mother of Claudius (an emperor). Felix’s brother Pallas was very influential
in Roman politics and aided Felix in securing the governorship of
It is stated in Acts 24:22 that Felix had an accurate knowledge of the Way. Therefore Felix was aware of the Gospel and so was Drusilla. Paul preached unto them righteousness, self- control, and judgment to come. The Scriptures state that Felix was afraid (Acts 24:25).
One thing we know for sure, he was
living in an adulterous relationship with Drusilla. His knowledge of the Gospel should have given
him ample information concerning what was right, just, and the consequences of
his decision not to obey. The fact that
he was afraid and alarmed indicates he knew his fate. What hindered him from obeying the
Gospel? Would he have had to give up
Drusilla? Would he have had to alter his
pattern of governance? He wanted a bribe
from Paul to free him. Did he accept
bribes for favors? Was this the reason
he was being recalled to
An ancient manuscript (Codex Bezae) records that Drusilla instigated the meeting between
them and Paul. When Felix was not
responsive to the message of Paul, it was her wish that he remain in
further records that Drusilla, and her son by Felix, died at
Why did they hesitate in those precious moments before the apostle Paul? The only recorded reply of Felix in scripture is a statement of procrastination. You cannot summon God from the grave or at His judgment bar on that fateful day. Moments are fleeing and cannot be reclaimed. Your time to act is now! Eternity is a long time to reflect and be angry with yourself for not taking that precious moment when offered once or many times in the past. We can read in Luke 16 of such events between the rich man and Lazarus. The Hadean world is a terrible place to contemplate your neglected choices in life, but all will. Let not one of those be you.