Pageant Queen with a Purpose, #13
The purpose. All through this time Esther may have wondered, “why me?” Well, now Mordecai explains what her purpose could be. Read Esther 4:9-14.
Hathach came back and related Mordecai’s words to Esther. Then Esther spoke to Hathach and ordered him to reply to Mordecai: “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that for any man or woman who comes to the king to the inner court who is not summoned, he has but one law, that he be put to death, unless the king holds out to him the golden scepter so that he may live. And I have not been summoned to come to the king for these thirty days.” They related Esther’s words to Mordecai. Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?”
Esther 4:9-14 NASB1995
Esther has been asked to intervene, but that means risking her life. She has a decision to make. She may have thought that this wouldn’t impact her, safe in the royal palace, but Mordecai reminds her that she is still a Jew and that she still may find herself experiencing the same punishment. She must decide what her purpose is and whether or not she will follow that, even if it means sacrificing her life.
God has purpose for each of us. Yet that purpose could very well mean risking our lives to achieve it. What are we willing to risk to see God’s purpose lived out through us?