Although they lived in a hostile territory, Mordecai and his niece, Esther, tried to live peaceable lives. But when a plot was hatched to destroy all Jews in the land, they both knew they had to risk their lives trying to reverse the situation and deliver the Jews from evil hands. They carefully planned a risky approach to the King, and then considered, “And who knows whether you are come to the kingdom for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14b).
There are times in one’s life where we must take some risks that are major; but they’re worth the risk. In the case in point, the surviving Jewish culture was at stake. A madman had arranged the worst. But Esther stood in the gap.
Could it be that the thing that God is doing in your life today was arranged “for such a time as this?” Perhaps your life’s purpose is that project which stands in front of you. Perhaps the very reason you have been brought to the Kingdom is to love those people, serve those people, encourage those people into the Kingdom of God.
That simple opportunity in your life this weekend just may be the reason He has set before you. Let’s set our pride aside and do it. Be bold. Who knows?
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The race is not to the swift
or the battle to the strong,
nor does food come to the wise
or wealth to the brilliant
or favor to the learned;
but time and chance happen to them all.
The above is from Ecclesiastes 9:11. Ecclesiastes, also known as The Preacher, is not the most inspiring book in the Bible. The author sees things from “under the sun”, or from the human experience, not from God’s point of view. From man’s point of view, he concludes that everything is “Vanity! Vanity!” (Meaningless!).
Only when we come to understand the meaningless of all the stuff we’ve collected and busyness we’ve wrapped our lives up in can we appreciate what is going on in the spirit world around us.
Let not your life be meaningless today. Let’s stay aimed at discovering God’s will today and add some eternal meaning to our lives.
Back in 1992 I attended a Men’s Retreat that had Ben Kinchlow, former co-host of the 700 Club, as the speaker. I remember one great story that he told regarding planning for the future:
A man confessed to his friend, “I’m not happy; I’d like to be a doctor.”
“Well, go ahead,” replied the friend.
“No, that will take ten years and I’ll be 50 by then.”
“How old will you be if you don’t become a doctor?” was the astute reply.
Kinchlow concluded, we’ve got to plan for success, because it doesn’t just happen.
What is your dream? What has God prepared you to become and do? What does age have to do with that higher purpose? Go for it even if it takes ten years.
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Former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, spent 35 years with the United Nations organization. Although shadowed by controversy and scandal, he became known as an evenhanded man with an ability to see the parts and the whole at the same time. He recalled an unforgettable lesson learned in his native Ghana at age 17:
“One day our headmaster walked into the classroom and put up a broad white sheet of paper with a small black dot in the corner. ‘Boys,’ he asked, ‘what do you see?’ All of us shouted in unison, ‘A black dot!’ Then he said, ‘So not a single one of you saw the broad white sheet of paper? Don’t go through life with that attitude.’.”
When we were of the world, we only saw what was in front of us and what we wanted and thought we needed. But when we came to Christ, we stepped into an understanding of another dimension: a spirtiual dimension. We saw (or should see) a much bigger picture in everything we do. We look beyond the dot to see the white paper as well.
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Ephesians 1:9-10 says, “And He made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment – to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.”
It is the action of the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit) to reveal God’s truth to us who believe. And this spiritual blessing is that he has revealed this truth to us: “the mystery of His will…which He purposed in Christ”. In other words, the mystery of God’s will was that we be redeemed and have life in Christ. When Jesus prayed in the Garden “Father, if there’s any other way, let this cup pass from me”, there was no “other way” but God’s purpose. Yet Christ was resolved to submit to that purpose.
Note, also, that it was God’s “good pleasure” to see His Son go to the cross so that you and I could be redeemed. That’s how much He loves us. The revealing of that love comes day by day.
How has God revealed His love for you lately?
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