But as he was discussing righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, “Go away for the present, and when I find time I will summon you.”
Acts 24:25 NASB
When the Gospel or Good News is preached, there will be one of two responses. Either the person hearing will move towards God or away from Him.
At work here is the conviction of the Holy Spirit. One of His jobs is to convict the world of sin.
As people (unbelievers) hear the Gospel, He begins to convict. Unbelievers respond to this conviction. They either realize they need the saving work of Jesus in their life or they run from it.
As Paul shared the Gospel, Governor Felix was so convicted (frightened) that he asked Paul to come back at another time. Apparently, he wanted to hear more because he had multiple conversations, but he could never commit to Jesus.
We don’t know if he ever gave his life to Jesus, but he did have his chance. One day, he will realize that he made the wrong choice.
My job is to share the Gospel. Conviction of sin belongs to the Holy Spirit and the decision ultimately is made by the unbeliever.
Am I doing a good job of sharing the Gospel? Am I listening to the Holy Spirit to know who and when to share the Gospel with?
I should see every opportunity, every interaction, to plant a seed for the Kingdom of God and share the Gospel.
Lord, thank You for the Holy Spirit. Help me to stay sensitive to His leading and know when and where I need to share my faith. Grant me boldness in the midst of everyday conversations that my sharing of the Gospel glorifies You.