Topic: Only a Privilege [Sunday 4 October, 2015]
Read: Esther 4:10-14 (KJV)
10 Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai;
11 All the king’s servants, and the people of the king’s provinces, do
know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king
into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put
him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden
sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto
the king these thirty days.
12 And they told to Mordecai Esther’s words.
13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself
that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews.
14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall
there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place;
but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth
whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
Bible in one Year: Numbers 1-2, 1 Corinthians 15:35-58
While the Lord Jesus Christ was on the surface of the earth, He plainly
declared His intention to build His Church, irrespective of the
opposition from the gates of hell (Matthew 16:18). The
implication of this declaration is that even if you refuse to cooperate
with God on His plans to build His kingdom, He will still definitely go
ahead with those plans without you. Whether the Kingdom of God will be
built or not is not a question that needs deliberation, it is a settled
matter. If you choose to cooperate with God, He will use you; but if you
refuse to be a part of His programme or vision, He will decide to do it
without you. Psalm 24:1 says the earth and its fullness belongs to God, so He has all the raw materials He needs to do the job. Haggai 2:8
also says silver and gold belongs to God. Since He has all the
resources and all the money, who or what can stand in His way? It
therefore follows that if God decides to use you in building His house
or kingdom, He is only doing you a favour.
When the children of
Israel faced extinction in the days of Queen Esther, her uncle,
Mordecai, asked her to present the matter before her husband the king.
She responded that she could not go to the king except the called for
her. If she went uninvited, she could lose her life. What was Mordecai’s
“For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this
time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews
from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed:
and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom of such a time as
this?” – Esther 4:14
From this reply, it is obvious
that God cannot be stranded. He always has someone waiting in the wings
to do the assignment He has given you. If Esther had refused to take the
risk, God would have used another person to do the job. Has God blessed
you financially or materially and you are now dictating to Him how you
will spend or not spend what He has given to you? Beware! Do not compel
Him to use someone else! Mordecai told Esther that if she refused to do
what God requested of her, she and her father’s house would become
causalities of war. Do you know that when you fail to build the kingdom
of God after He has given you the means, you will face certain
punishment? Be wise today!
Key Point: The best way to spend the financial resources God gives to you is to use them to meet God’s needs.
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