Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews, he left Paul in prison.
So much for a speedy trial! Political prisoners often languish for years in prisons. Paul will remain in custody for two more years as the case against him drags on.
Felix…sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus.
Paul has an opportunity to defend himself before the ruler, but he does much more. He tells his judge about Jesus. Surely Paul would like to be free, but he also wants Felix and his wife to become followers of Jesus.
Paul even has the audacity to talk to his judge about changing his life. The need to do right and exercise self-control!
He even warns them about the coming judgment. The impact on Felix was dramatic - Felix was afraid and said, "That's enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you."
For those who do not have faith in Jesus, judgment is a fearful thing. So frightening in fact, some people simply refuse to think about it. Especially when they don’t want to change their behavior, give up their harmful ways.
Felix reaction? Don’t call me, I’ll call you! Maybe later…when I have a more convenient time!
As far as we know from the historical record, Felix never found it convenient to repent and follow Jesus.
It’s understandable. Change is never easy, even positive change can be painful. And becoming more like Jesus is a commitment to an entirely different way of relating to the world, a brand new way of living.
But as students of Jesus know, following Him leads to the best kind of life, both now and forever!