The Greatest Hindrance to Life

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Acts 24:25 “And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.”

Felix fell for the same hindrance that keeps many people from doing right, which is convenience. It wasn’t that Felix didn't know what Paul was saying was right; it was that it wasn’t convenient for him to get saved. It wasn’t that Felix didn’t want to get saved; it was that he felt convenience would happen at a later time. Sadly, Felix found out that convenience never happens, and the result is that he is burning in a Devil’s Hell because it wasn’t convenient to get saved.

Convenience is the greatest hindrance to productivity and right. The reason that convenience is sinful is because it relies on your flesh to dictate whether you should do something rather than be led by the Spirit. Many people will go to Hell because it was not convenient to get saved. Many people never accomplish anything because it is not convenient to act upon what they need to accomplish. Many churches will never be built because it is not convenient for the pastor to work hard to build his church. Many bus routes and Sunday school classes will never be built because someone found that it inconvenient to work on these weekly to build them. You cannot do a great work for God and live by convenience. God’s work is often not convenient. Likewise, you will not be the believer you are supposed to be if you are living a life by convenience. Let me share a few thoughts about the hindrance of convenience.

First, doing right and what you are supposed to do is often not convenient. Convenience rarely happens in life, and it is often not the right thing to do when it does happen. I am not saying that doing right won’t be convenient at times, but it will not be convenient most of the time. We don’t do right because it is convenient, but we do right because it is the right thing to do right. If you let convenience dictate your actions, you will often find yourself on the wrong side of right.

Second, character is the only antidote to combat the convenience mindset. It takes character to do right when it is not convenient. Character makes you do right when you don't feel like doing right. Character makes you do right when it is not popular to do right. Character makes you do right when doing right results in persecution. It was not convenient for the three Hebrew children not to bow down to Nebuchadnezzar’s image, but they stood for right by character even though they knew they would likely die for this choice. Doing right all the time is never done by convenience, but it is done by character. If you want to do right all the time, you must let character dictate your actions instead of convenience.

Third, the greatest blessings and accomplishments are the result of doing what you are supposed to do when it is not convenient. You rob yourself of great accomplishments if you let convenience dictate your actions. The greatest accomplishments of life are not achieved by convenience but by character. You will live a life of “what could have been” if you let convenience continue to hinder you from doing what you are supposed to do. My friend, stop letting convenience rob you of the enjoyment of accomplishment and doing right because convenience will fill your life with the regret of what could have been had you done what you knew to do.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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