Thought from the Heart
Your Royal Position
Esther 4:14 "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?" If we do not do what God has asked us to do, He will find somebody else to do it. It is not God's plan that suffers from our disobedience, it is us. Our obedience is what grows us and prepares us for what God has planned next. It builds our character. And the impact of our disobedience is not only felt by us, it also affects our family. The plan God has for you will take into account your family. The blessings that He has ready to bestow upon you would encompass them as well. They miss out on those blessings when you don't step into His plan. God's plan always involves others. His plan was not limited to saving only Esther and Mordecai. His plan was much bigger, it was to save all the Jews. Esther was put in her royal position so that she could help others. As Christ followers, we all have a royal position. When you say 'yes' to Jesus, you are adopted into God's family and become sons and daughters of the King. You are put in that royal position for such a time as this! You are here, at this time in history and in your specific location, for a purpose—for the good works that God has prepared in advance for you to do (Ephesians 2:10). In Esther 4:15-16, Esther asked Mordecai to gather all the Jews in Susa to join her and her attendants in fasting for 3 days before she carried out the work that was being asked of her. Fasting was always accompanied by prayer. She did not mindlessly rush into this difficult and dangerous task without first consulting God. And she didn't do it alone! She rallied a team to also petition God on her behalf. When you are stepping out in obedience, are you doing it on your own? Or do you have a team that you ask to cover you in prayer? The size of your team may depend on the size of the step that you are being asked to take. Esther knew the lives of many people relied on the success of this risk. She could not do it alone—it was too big for her and she knew she needed help. Whatever God is asking you to do may not include saving physical lives, but it does include something even more important than that—to save spiritual lives. You have been put in a royal position with a higher purpose. Say 'yes' to all God asks you to do, but don't try to do it alone.