When Paul was being held for trial in Acts 24, he had an opportunity to speak to the governor, Felix. Verse 25 says, “As Paul discoursed on righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, “That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.”
This is a basic outline for many sermons: righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come. This sermon is preached often, not only by preachers, but by teachers, parents, friends and loved ones. This message is proclaimed in books, movies, and on social media.
It is a sermon that is still feared by many. They don’t want to hear that true righteousness comes only through Jesus. They don’t want to be reminded that they bear the responsibility to make right choices. And they certainly don’t want to hear anything about judgment!
This sermon contains a true, unchanging and important message. Don’t be afraid of it! Embrace it! Take responsibility for your life! Control your destiny! Accept the life that God has planned for you. Receive the righteousness that Jesus freely offers. Choose to live for him. Have no fear of Judgment Day!