16 September 2019 – Esther 4:14 (NIV)

16 September 2019 – Esther 4:14 (NIV)

Scripture

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 position for such a time as this?”

Reflection

In this passage, Mordecai is telling Esther to risk her life by pleading the case to the Jewish people to the King Xerxes.  He tells her that even if she remains silent, God’s will will be done, but her inaction will mean she will miss out on God’s plan for her life.

God has given us talents, experiences, resources and opportunities not simply so that we can expand our own kingdoms; rather, God desires – indeed He expects – that we use what He has given us to serve His kingdom.  We are blessed to participate in God’s plan for this world, but He has also given us the freedom to make our own choices, including the choice of inaction.

In Luke 12:48 it says, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

God is inviting you to participate in His ministry for this fallen world. How can you use your talents, resources, experiences and time to serve His Kingdom?

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Pray for somewhere in the world that needs God’s attention. Flick to a news app or website, and pick a news story to pray for.

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Charlie Engelmann - Elder
Charlie Engelmann currently serving his third term as an elder of SCF. He is the director of Pepperdine University's Shanghai residential program and has lived in China on and off since 2001. He and his wife, Judith, have three kids: Ethan, Evangeline and EJ.