Esther 4: 13-14 – he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 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 position for such a time as this?”
This was Mordecai’s response to Esther when she had used the legal statutes in the land as a potential excuse not to go and negotiate saving the Jews with the king because she feared for her life. Mordecai’s response is so profound because I believe that I am blessed to be a blessing and so are you. All the positive and negative things that happen in your life can have a favourable ripple effect on other people if you allow them to.
There is an Esther in every one of us. We all have our different palaces from which we are expected to serve & save one another. Serving adds value to someone else’s life so it implies saving. I have realised that service may be as simple as a compliment or as grand as speaking to large crowds. There is a level of courage that every Esther should muster up because only the brave have the guts to express that they are willing to be supportive when someone else feels weak. That courage to use our experiences for the greater good is in all of us.
There is an Esther out there for you too and if she is unwilling to save you, help will come from another place because you are promised a very present help in times of need but her survival cannot be guaranteed (Psalms 46:1). And neither can yours when you refuse to do the things you know will impact other people’s lives. That is not a threat but living outside of your calling to serve in your sphere is as good as you wasting away. A life in which you second guess yourself limits your possibilities. Do not silence that compliment, waste that book idea or bury that speech in paralysing fear.
Remember that you cannot be the only one that maximises their potential and reaches their destination (Joshua 1:14-15). Even when God has come through for you, search for people to help on the journey to where they are going. Their destination may be further than yours but help them so that you may peacefully settle in the “land” being given to you.
Break the chains of selfishness lest no one makes it, not even you. When you do not extend your hand and even your resources, you fail to live the life God gave you to the fullest.
Your answer to the call to be of service to others carries God’s presence with it!
Be courageous! Be daring! Be Esther!