For such a time as this

Have you ever wondered what impact you could possibly have on the Kingdom of God? Have you ever tried to figure out how God could possibly use you where you are right now? One thing I’ve come to know as I’ve walked with God is that he can turn the seemingly insignificant into something grand.

Imagine if you had a chance to interview one of the “great” men and women of the faith. Someone that’s made it into the history books or through fame and recognition, their contribution to the Kingdom has been obvious. You can bet that they would have a story about someone in their life that impacted them. In some cases, they may not even remember that person’s name. Maybe it was the person that first shared the good news of Christ with them. Maybe it was someone that made Jesus real for them with a sacrificial act of service when they were in need. Maybe it was someone who was devoted to praying for them. Or who loved them unconditionally. Odds are that at that moment neither one of them knew the future significance. But because one of the Lord’s servants was faithful with the moment they were given — another one of the Lord’s servant could go on to be faithful, too.

There’s an Old Testament story about a Jewish girl named Esther. She was taken from her home and brought to the King’s palace to be one of his wives, part of a Harem. She did not choose this, and I imagine that she may have even asked God why. But fast forward the story a ways, and suddenly her moment appears. The King is tricked into issuing a command that all the Jews be killed, and things are not looking good for Esther’s people. As she is presented with the fact that she must speak up. That she must risk her life by going to the king without being called for. And as she wonders if she has the courage to do that – she is reminded that if she doesn’t take her moment, the consequences could be deadly. And the thought is posed to her: “Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14)

We’ve all got our moments. Some will come and go, and we will miss them. But pray that God will open your eyes to see your opportunities. Never underestimate a kind word or gesture that you can offer to someone. Never pass up a chance to share your personal relationship with Jesus, and how it has changed your life. Be faithful with whatever gift, talent, opportunity God may bless you with and one day you will hear Jesus say: “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:21)

— If you don’t do it, God will use someone else. Don’t miss the opportunity to seize your moment(s)!

If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this? Esther 4:14

The greatest among you must be a servant. Matthew 23:11

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28

To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. Matthew 25:29

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