“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?” (Esther 4:14 NIV)
Your purpose is specific to your life. No one else can do what you can do.
Esther is facing the decision of a lifetime when we meet her. Should she risk her life to save the Jews, or not? She’s a jewish orphan married to King Xerxes. Haman, one of the king’s officials is plotting to kill all Jews. Esther’s uncle, Mordecai tells Esther she must get the king’s help. The problem, the king hasn’t sought her company in awhile. In Esther’s time, if the king doesn’t call for you and you go to him, you may die. What Mordecai was asking her to do could result in her death.
Esther was a wise woman. Before she did anything, she and her people fasted and prayed for three days. No one else was in the position she was to help save the Jewish people. No one else had the influence over the king like she did. God placed her in a specific place, for a specific purpose.
Your place, your purpose.
Place and purpose change over a lifetime. Today’s purpose is different from tomorrow’s. What seems small is big. What is big, small. Each day is a building block to your life purpose.
Esther was an orphan, taken in by her uncle when her parents died. She lived with him until the king began his search for a queen. When called into the king, she kept it simple. He fell for her. She became his queen. Esther didn’t engineer any of it, she just lived the life God gave her. Day in, day out, which led to this pivotal moment. An orphan, now in a position to save her people. Read her story in “Further Reading” below.
One other thing to note, if you don’t fulfill your purpose, someone else will. Mordecai told Esther this. If she didn’t help, God would raise someone else up to do the work. But Esther would miss the blessing. Her family name would no longer exist.
When God calls us to a purpose, we have a choice. We can fulfill it or not. God has someone else who can do it. But He wants you to do it. He wants you to grow, He wants you to receive the blessing. Just like Esther grew. Just like Esther received the blessing.
Your life has purpose. You were made for such a time as this. Don’t miss what God is doing.
Question of the Day:
Are you missing what God is doing in your life?
Further Reading: Esther 4:1-7:10 NIV, 1 Corinthians 12:1-26 NIV, Psalm 36:1-12 NIV, Proverbs 21:21-22 NIV