For Such a Time as This
by Greg Laurie
One of my favorite stories in the Old Testament is of the strikingly beautiful Jewish girl named Hadassah. She entered a nationwide beauty contest staged by the king of Persia. The winner would become the next queen of the kingdom. Hadassah won and became known as Queen Esther.
Her story initially reads as a fairy tale, until it took a very dark turn. A villain even more sinister than any child’s story would produce emerges with a plan to exterminate the Jewish people. His name was Haman. He gets the king to unwittingly sign a decree that all the Jews in the kingdom would be put to death. This would also include the Hebrew queen. But at this point, Queen Esther was disconnected from the needs of her people, as she lived a life of pampered luxury in the safety and comfort of the royal palace.
So, her cousin Mordecai covered himself in sackcloth and stood outside the palace. Alerted to this, the queen sent him a change of clothes. Talk about missing the point! She was oblivi-ous to the plight of her people until her cousin sends her a message, which I loosely paraphrase: “Esther, you are not where you are by coincidence but by providence. You are in a position to potentially save your people. If you don’t do it, God will find someone else. But did it ever occur to you that you are where you are for this very moment?”
Now, let me apply that to you, and to myself. We can be just like Queen Esther, happily ensconced in the security of the church and surrounded by our Christian friends, as we watch Christian movies and eat in Christian restaurants and read Christian books. We can seek to live in a Christian bubble and have little to no contact with the real world of lost people. But we are missing amazing opportunities to be used by God.
God wants you to go into all of your world and preach the gospel! Jesus did not say that the whole world should go to church, but He did say that the church should go to the whole world. Esther was placed where she was “for such a time as this,” and so are you.
Did it ever occur to you that you are right where God wants you to be? That irritating neighbor and the disagreeable coworker have been put in your life so you can reach them with the message of the gospel! You are there for a purpose.
Why don’t you start by praying for them? It’s hard to con-tinue to think of a person as an enemy when you pray for them. Instead of trying to wiggle out of where you are, why not look for “divine appointments.” You are where you are “for such a time as this.”
This is adapted from “Tell Someone: You Can Share the Good News” By Greg Laurie, Copyright B&H Publishing Group 2016. Laurie is senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship® in Riverside and Irvine, California, and is hosting the national Harvest America Crusade live from AT&T Stadium on March 6.
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