I try to read one chapter from the Book of Acts everyday as we are living in the days when the book of Acts can be relived. I try to read the chapter from that book which correlates with the day of the month. Today being July 24 2019 I read Acts 24. Some thoughts kept flowing as I chewed that passage. Shall I share them?
Paul kept in custody meets Felix, the ruler. Felix has a vacuum which is tries to fill with three things:
1. Honey – his vacuum he filled with his newly-acquired honey named “Drusilla” (Acts 24:24). Druscilla was not a single girl from Brasilia! She was an already-married woman Felix stole and made his wife. You think if you have that girl, that boy in your life, life will be meaningful and happy. You are wrong. Life’s purpose cannot be found in the discovery of any human.
2. Money – While the ‘judgment’ messages of Paul (Acts 24:25) put him off, Felix was after a possible ‘payment’ which Paul could have given (a bribe). But Paul did not budge. After he won the US Open, Pat Rafter said, “When I did not have it – I wanted it. Now that I have it – I do not want it!” US Open offers the biggest prize money among the Grand Slams in Tennis. Money cannot fill the vacuum in your heart.
3. Popularity – To ensure that would continue to be a popular ruler in a Jews-dominated area he continuted to keep Paul, who was perceived as an enemy of the Jews as he was the preacher to the Gentiles, in lockup (Acts 24:26). After he won another edition of the World Formula One Championships, the greatly popular Michael Shumi said, “I am empty. I am exhausted.” Popularity can never plug the vacuum in your heart. Popular Amitabh Bachan talked about the fear of not being recognized in one of his interviews.
But honey, money and popularity will not plug the vacuum in your heart. Only Jesus – the only sinless one – can! Sin causes the vacuum in the soul and only Jesus did not have that vacuum. And he went to the Cross to shed his blood. From his shed blood a door for forgiveness of sins is opened. When we repent from sin and trust in the living Jesus our sins will be forgiven and the vacuum in the heart will be gone!!!! Why are you still waiting to do that?
(Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Gen from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission. Find out more at http://www.dukev.org.)