I was reading a portion of Acts 24 this morning. This portion of the Book of Acts chronicles the Apostle Paul on trial before Felix, the governor in Caesarea. I don’t know much (actually I don’t know anything) about the historical background in this chapter but something struck me when I read this portion of the chapter.
Like I said, I don’t know much about this chapter in Acts but one thing that hit me as I was reading this was…
Truth will make us feel uncomfortable when we are not ready to hear it. It will make us squirm. It will scare us. It will make us want to run away or tune out the words of the person speaking truth. Truth penetrates the heart like a sword. I might be wrong, but it looks to me as if Felix was in conflict. The truth hurt (as the familiar saying goes) and yet he still continued to pursue Paul in hopes that he would cave and offer him a bribe. The sinful nature comes face to face with truth.
When we are ready to hear the truth our hearts are receptive and embrace it as the air that helps us breathe. When we are not ready to hear truth it is painful and our sinful nature will fight hard against it. This fight can be so exhausting too.
I have no idea what happened to Felix. I don’t think he is mentioned again after he chooses to leave Paul in prison. But, I think his brief talk with Paul about the Truth stirred something in him.
I think this is just a good reminder for me today. When someone is speaking to me about Biblical truth. I have two choices. Embrace it or tune it out. If what they are saying makes me uncomfortable, perhaps instead of shutting down I need to choose to open up and let the truth change my heart.