“And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee” (Acts 24:24-25).
Felix responded to gospel preaching exactly as others have done. He believed, knew his spiritual needs, and feared the consequences of his sinful life. However, he was not ready to do anything about it right then.
The man wanted a convenient season to obey the gospel and start living the Christian life. Convenient seasons seldom, if ever, come around for anything in this life. Most of the good and necessary things we do are done at inconvenient times. The devil is going to see to it that a convenient season for serving God is never going to come. Even when a situation is the most ideal and convenient it can be, there are going to be other things more convenient, and the devil will continue to whisper, “Wait for a more convenient season.”
Without realizing it, Felix let the most convenient season he likely would ever have pass him by, leaving him forever lost and doomed for the judgment he so greatly feared. Felix had heard the faith from an inspired Apostle. Whereas others obeyed the faith (Acts 6:7), he did not. He learned of this need to turn to a life of righteousness and self-control, but he didn’t. He was emotionally touched, but did not follow through.
It was not convenient for the believer Felix to complete the necessary steps which would have led to his salvation. Though he trembled in terror of the coming judgment, he did not repent (Luke 13:3). Repentance is a change of mind about a sinful life and a determination to turn from it. That’s not convenient. He did not confess his faith in Christ (Matt. 10:32). He was a high government official who associated with important, high-class people — all of whom were unbelievers. What would they think? Would they lose respect for him? Would they ridicule or shun him? Would he lose his political appointment? He was not baptized for the forgiveness of his sins (Acts 2:38). It might be embarrassing for others to see a man of his stature submitting to a humble and strange (to others) act. No, it was not convenient for him to do these things at this time, but it would never again be more convenient.
All earthly seasons are very short for us. Even the pleasures of sin last only for a season (Heb. 11:25). Our preaching and service to God is to be “in season, out of season” (2 Tim. 4:2). We must not grow weary in following God’s will, because in due (proper) season we shall reap our reward (Gal. 6:9). Heaven will finally be our eternal, convenient season for serving God.