“For how can I endure to see the calamity which shall befall my people, and how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?” Esther 8:6, NASB
Her heart for her people transcends time. Queen Esther’s sacrificial concern for fellow Jews still stands out, beckoning us to care that much. Or at least some. Any depth of concern for our neighbors, acquaintances, and loved ones is something God can work with.
Recently my husband preached about the Great White Throne, and the truth of this coming day sobers me:
“And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:15
After the service, I thought about a dear man we see regularly. He’s kind and talented, professional and generous. But he doesn’t know Christ. If we as the church witness Judgment Day, I can’t imagine looking our friend in the eye at that time, knowing I didn’t share Christ with him on earth. I can’t imagine the horror of seeing him thrown into the Lake of Fire. Forever…
Because that’s what awaits those who don’t trust Christ as Savior.
Remember Queen Esther? She risked her life to save her people from annihilation. Their existence meant a tremendous deal to her, so she took her feelings and put them into action. Willingly, she spoke on their behalf–to the king. Seeking his help, she pleaded for Jewish lives.
Esther’s desperate request changed everything. Though she appeared uninvited before the king, he responded favorably and allowed defensive measures to be instituted for God’s people. When destruction day arrived, the Jews fought back and protected themselves. Sovereignly, God used an orphan girl turned queen to deliver a nation.
Unlike Queen Esther, we possess a standing invitation to enter our King’s presence. Will we take advantage of this incredible opportunity to plead for those He’s placed in our lives? Do we really care? Are we willing to sacrifice?
I don’t know about yours, but my life feels like an accelerator stuck on 120 mph. Noticing individuals who need Christ and praying faithfully for them–let alone sharing the Good News with them personally–requires time and effort. But if God strengthened Queen Esther to overcome the obstacles she faced, surely He can strengthen us to reach others with the Gospel.
Because Judgment Day is coming.
I want to be someone God can work with. And through. I long to care deeply for others and Do. Something. About it. God will use us just as He used Esther if we yield to His will.
Loving Father in heaven, we bow before Your throne and acknowledge You as the one true God. You are holy, righteous, and just, as well as gracious and compassionate. We lift up the non-Christians You’ve put in our lives, boldly asking You to draw them to Your Son, Jesus Christ. Please save them. Remind us to pray faithfully for these dear ones with Godly care and Christlike love. Speak truth through us, and build Your kingdom as we reach out to others. In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.
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