Esther 4:14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal poison for such a time as this?
As we live sent, we were made for this time. Just as Esther was made to help deliver her people, you are made for more, you are not made to remain silent.
King Xerxes of Persia and his assistant Haman had been planning a decree to kill all the Jews their empire. Many Jews fled to surrounding areas to stay alive, although a few remained in the empire. Two of these Jews were Esther, the bride of King Xerxes, and Mordecai, Esther’s cousin. Their goal was to persuade the king and Haman to retract the murderous order. After the king and Haman declared the order, Mordechai rushed to the city gates where Esther was. He knew they had to continue persuading to get the order repealed. Mordecai was outside the city communicating with Esther who was with the king. Esther 4:14 explains how Mordecai was encouraging Esther to continue speaking up and following God’s will in the face of adversity. We can learn a lot from the words and actions of Mordecai and Esther. Mordecai acknowledges God’s power, as he says if Esther doesn’t make the change, God will use someone else, but then her immediate family might die.
Have you ever considered that maybe God has led you to this exact moment in your life for this exact opportunity? As God’s church, we need to speak up and seize each day and opportunity. Esther’s purpose was to save the Jewish people and Mordecai provided her with encouragement and accountability. As a church, Christ the King should come together and seize every calling and opportunity, because who knows, today might be the day you answer the calling God put on your life. As we live sent, we should not be silent, shy, or delayed in God’s calling. As Mordecai modeled, we should hold each other accountable and be bold to carry out the calling like Esther. At the end of the book of Esther, the order is repealed and Haman is hung on the very gallows that he built for Mordecai (kind of gruesome I know, but nonetheless a powerful, God-ordained ending). Through support, accountability, and boldness we can fulfill great callings and change the world we live in right now.
Thank you, Lord, for the voice and the accountability partners you have given me here on earth, and please guide me to use both to fulfill Your calling on my life. I ask that You help me stay laser-focused on my God-ordained purpose so that I can act when You call me to act, and I can encourage when You call me to encourage. Please let my actions, choices and words be bold and powerful so that people see You though all I do. Thank you for loving me dearly.
Written by T Tringali