A few days later Felix and his wife, Drusilla, who was Jewish, sent for Paul and listened to him talk about a life of believing in Jesus Christ. As Paul continued to insist on right relations with God and his people, about a life of moral discipline and the coming Judgment, Felix felt things getting a little too close for comfort and dismissed him. “That’s enough for today. I’ll call you back when it’s convenient.” At the same time he was secretly hoping that Paul would offer him a substantial bribe. These conversations were repeated frequently.
(Acts 24:25-26 MSG)
Do you know people who choose to do what is convenient rather than what is right, but then can’t handle being around you because they’re convicted by your lifestyle? If that’s the case, you’re not alone. The apostle Paul knew someone like that too.
Felix, the Roman governor of Judea, who is said to have enticed his wife Drusilla from her second husband, and hoped that Paul would offer him a “substantial bribe,” wasn’t very comfortable when the apostle “continued to insist on right relations with God and his people, about a life of moral discipline and the coming judgment.” Paul’s words convicted Felix of his sinful lifestyle. This was inconvenient for the governor, who wasn’t comfortable making a change. So he sent Paul away, “That’s enough for today. I’ll call you back when it’s convenient.” We later find out that Paul was left in prison for more than two years because that was more convenient for Felix (Acts 24:27).
Don’t let it bother you when people no longer associate with you because your Christian lifestyle is inconvenient for them. Choose to stand by your convictions because the results will be worth it in the end.