Esther 4:14 “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
To be born, here, today, in the country, people and class have that we are placed. The family, or lack thereof. The comfort or position. The situation and circumstance. To realize that it all has been ordained of God for a purpose. A purpose that He alone has specifically for us.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
We cannot downplay the significance of the position and place we hold in our Father’s eyes. We have been given gifts and talents to fulfill His will is to know just how invested He is in us. The price alone that was paid on Calvary to redeem us back to Him ought to cause us to bow our heads in thanksgiving.
But knowing the significance of the call of God to each and every child of God opens the door for us to see more clearly the path for us to travel. To know that our calling is first to reach the lost around us.
The blood of Jesus Christ was not shed to give us shelter, comfort, ease, and keep us out of Hell. There is a far greater cause. Jesus’ last words to His disciples express that significance.
Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
Jerusalem represents those in my city.
Judea signifies those in my country.
Samaria is those in neighboring countries, and the uttermost part of the earth is pretty self-explanatory.
Our responsibility as children of God must be something we keep before us. It is my firm belief that the only reason we remain here after salvation is to spread the gospel and lead many other souls to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Our sole responsibility is not to praise Him – I can do that more perfectly in Heaven.
It is not to worship, sing, bring medicine, or meet the creature comforts of those less fortunate. I am not trying to say that we should stop these lesser things, but keep the main thing the main thing.
Jesus told us why He came:
Luke 19:10 “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Knowing what is essential is one thing. Implementing it into our daily lives is wholly another. Today’s reading hit home with the significance of the duty that Esther saw before her.
She saw her people, the Jews, designated for slaughter un the hand of Haman. She saw the power she held to sway the king for or against her people. After fasting and praying, she concluded that if it meant her life, she would be willing to die trying to save her people.
Esther 4:16 “Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.”
When confronted with such a display of dedication and sacrifice, I wonder just what it is for which I am willing to die? Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection was an open display of His love for us.
I know that for many of us, we are not being asked to die for the cause of Christ, though some are dying for their faith around the world. I think the weightier question becomes, “Am I willing to live for Him as He has commanded me?”
Do our neighbors know we are born again? Have we taken the opportunity to share the gospel with them?
Do we participate in worldwide missions? Are we faithful witnesses in our workplace? In our community?
The days draw nearer to Christ’s return. Will we have been faithful to the call to share the gospel with every creature?
Do not let fear stop us from sharing the most beautiful news!