Are you Esther or Mordecai?
The book of Esther is best known for its main character. Esther was a girl who went from orphan to queen. Her destiny to save the Jewish people, found in these now famous words: “Who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Most girls and women I know secretly dream of the day they are crowned queen. Inside, they know they are destined for it. And you are. God choose you. He intended that you sit in a place of royal position. You are the daughter of the King of all Kings.
But what IF God is not calling you to be Esther to the world? What if God is calling you to be Mordecai?
Mordecai was the cousin of Esther. When Esther was orphaned, Mordecai took Esther in as his own daughter. He took the time to instruct her in his faith and spiritual disciplines, something that was unheard of for girls during that time in history.
When Esther was taken to the King’s palace, Mordecai visited the palace DAILY to see how Esther was doing.
When Mordecai saw injustice, he didn’t follow the crowd. He stood for the truth.
Mordecai withstood hatred and persecution while evil doers prospered.
Until the end of the story, Mordecai went unrecognized for his good deeds, integrity, faithfulness, and character.
Without Mordecai, Esther never would have been queen.
You may very well be the Esther in this story, but I strong believe that most of us are called by God to be the Mordecai’s of this world.
Are you willing to be Mordecai to the world?
If you are, here is God’s encouragement for you.
Philippians tells a similar story.
Paul reminds us that Jesus did not take on the status of a King, Jesus took on the status of a slave.
Then in Philippians chapter 2, Paul give us this challenge:
If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
I am challenged by these words: Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead.
What words speak to you in this passage?
For such a time as this…Just as Mordecai raised up Esther to be the defender of the Jewish people, you and I are to raise up disciples as if every life depended on it.
Will you be Mordecai to the world?