“Now as he [Paul] reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.” Meanwhile he also hoped that money would be given him by Paul, that he might release him. Therefore he sent for him more often and conversed with him.” (Acts 24:25–26, NKJV)
Reflection: The Apostle Paul was being kept in prison and Felix, the Governor, was to rule over his situation based upon accusations raised against him. Paul saw it as an opportunity to share the Gospel. As Felix listened to the words of Paul, he continued to put off and procrastinate regarding regarding his message. Felix was interested in obtaining money from Paul and not the message of the Gospel.
Application: To know that even the Apostle Paul faced rejection from his hearers is encouraging. It also shares a message about how long a person can invest in relationships and still see nothing for the effort. Paul shared the Good News hoping to "persuade" Felix. May we too be "persuasive" in winning souls through the power of the Holy Spirit and keep a positive attitude because it is God who does the saving and not us.