We were saved for a reason. We’ve have been placed where we are, given our position and gifts for a purpose. Esther was elevated to the position of queen in order to save the Jewish people from Haman’s evil schemes. Her position gave Mordecai the unique opportunity to affect the king’s life and save the lives of countless individuals. The Lord gave Mordecai important messages that had to be told. He told him about the plot to kill King Ahasuerus and the Haman’s scheme to kill the Jews. He showed Mordecai what to do and who to tell and all Mordecai had to do was courageously obey. When Mordecai told Esther about those plots, he trusted God that she would act in obedience as well. He trusted the Lord that The Lord would tell Esther how to move and what to do. When God saved us, He put us in places and made us able to speak to the people He placed in our lives and affect their lives too. He gave us the chance to be heros.
When Mordecai spoke to save Ahasuerus’ life, he didn’t do so to get a reward. He did it because it was the right thing to do and because The Lord put him in a place where he could. In fact, at first he didn’t get a reward. His act was recorded in the king’s chronicle. But Mordecai did receive his reward eventually. That first heroic act eventually led to Mordecai’s elevation in Ahasuerus’ kingdom to a place where he would have even greater influence over the lives of many people. Let’s finish reading the book of Esther today. Verses 1-3 (The entire 10th chapter) reads,
King Ahasuerus imposed tax on the land and on the coastlands of the sea. 2 And all the acts of his power and might, and the full account of the high honor of Mordecai, to which the king advanced him, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia? 3 For Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Ahasuerus, and he was great among the Jews and popular with the multitude of his brothers, for he sought the welfare of his people and spoke peace to all his people.
Mordecai was second in the kingdom, his power and influence was immense. Like Joseph before him, Mordecai used his status for good. He is remembered as a great hero. You and I, Believer were also give a place in a kingdom, the greatest kingdom that ever existed, the kingdom of Heaven. We were elevated, made royalty, and given authority to take advantage of that position for the welfare of the multitudes. We were placed here for such a time as this and it is our choice to make use of the opportunities we’re given to save lives or to sit back and let someone else have the honor of being God’s hero. In Esther 4:14 Mordecai told Esther,
“For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
We can keep silent, we can watch as people die in slavery to Satan or we can rise up and be the instrument of their salvation and lead them to Jesus Christ. You are not ignorant of the devil’s plots (2 Corinthians 2:11). You have the message they so desperately need to hear. You have the Word inside you. Colossians 3:14-17 says,
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
You are equipped with ability to be the hero God has made you to be. Romans 10:13-17 reads,
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
We can be heroes! We are meant to be heroes. We have gifts from God to be used for both the common good and the building up of the church (1 Corinthians 12:7, Ephesians 4:12). We have been given the armor to carry out God’s commission for us as well. Ephesians 6:10-20 reads,
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak
We are extraordinary; we are unlike the world around us! We are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s very own (1 Peter 2:9) and because of that we have the responsibility to carry out heroic commission and bring people to the salvation of Jesus Christ, our King, our High Priest, our Savior. We can do so, not through harshness, judgement, and disputes but in love, with love, and through love, the love of God. 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 reads,
For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Beloved Believer, you are meant to be a hero! God gave you a new identity, a commission, a position, gifts, and a message. Be the hero He has called you to be. If you don’t do it, someone else will. Someone else will receive the crown you might have received. Someone else will live in closeness with The Lord, the way you could have. Someone else will enjoy the abundant life you should have.