“And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of that way, he deferred them, and said, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will know the uttermost of your matter.”
Anybody who ever thought that being a leader is easy has never led anything of significance. Many young people have found out how hard it is to lead when they had their first child and had to make all the decisions that come with having a child. Many young men learned the difficulties of leadership when they get married and had to start making decisions concerning their family. One of the hardest things about leadership is the plethora of decisions you have to make on a daily basis. If you are not willing to make these decisions, you are likely not ready to be a leader. Felix displayed several destructive tendencies that plague many leaders to their own hurt. Let me point out these tendencies to you.
The first destructive tendency is to defer your decisions. In the verse above, Felix knew what the right decision was, but he “deferred” his decision. Procrastination has hurt more leaders because the delay in a decision only caused the situation to get worse. Never put off until tomorrow what you know you need to do today. Just because something is going to be hard doesn’t mean you need to defer the situation until it gets easier. Deferring decisions when you know you need to make them only causes the situation you need to decide upon to get worse.
The second destructive tendency is to reason about decisions. There are times when there is no justification for why you are making a decision other than faith; however, faith often doesn’t make sense, but when God says to do something, you must do it. Felix “reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come,” and yet he never made the faith decision he needed to make. The tendency to look for a reason to justify your faith decision to others will cause you never to follow faith because faith demands trust.
The third destructive tendency is to wait for convenience. Felix said, “Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.” If you are looking for a convenient time to act on faith, you will never follow faith because faith is never convenient. In fact, doing right is often inconvenient. If you are looking for a time to do right when it is convenient, you will never do right. Faith and right are often on the side of a remnant of people and will never be convenient to the side of the populous; however, you must not look at how convenient it is to act on faith, but you must trust God and endure the inconvenience.
Leading is not easy, but great leaders learn to throw convenience out the window and live by faith. Faith is the most inconvenient lifestyle to live, but it is the most adventurous and rewarding lifestyle that you will ever live. Yes, there are times as a leader when your faith decisions will be misunderstood, but you must not undo your decisions just because the faith decision makes the future look ominous. The hardest thing any leader will do is to make the faith decision when life screams doubt and when the popular thing to do is not to act on faith. My friend, Felix ended up on the wrong side because he let deferment, reason and convenience to guide his decisions. You will never regret letting faith guide your decisions. It may not be popular to lead by faith, but it will always prove you a strong leader in the future.