#2200 – Costly Sacrifice

Good morning people who are willing to pay the price to fulfil God’s plan

Yesterday we saw Mordecai remind Esther that she was born for such a time as this. Esther had been promoted to a royal position and Mordecai encouraged her to use this position to save a nation. The cost was potentially her life:

Esther 4:15-16 (NIV) Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”

We live in a time when comfort and ease has become an idol. Yet I see a different picture in the Bible.

Esther was willing to lay down her life if it meant possibly saving people’s lives.

Jesus Himself suffered and died, willingly laying down His life for you and for me. Jesus suffered greatly, and in the context of this suffering for the sake of the gospel, Jesus instructs us to follow in His footsteps.

Now I am not a sadist. I don’t want to go through pain or suffering; I don’t want to be persecuted, even for righteousness sake. In fact, nor did Jesus – that’s why He asks His Father if there was another way.

But we see in the example of Jesus and in the example of Esther, that they were willing to lay down their lives if it meant fulfilling God’s will through them. Jesus did lay down his life, Esther didn’t, but both were willing.

“What are we willing to lay down for the cause of Christ? Have we settled for comfort when God is requiring something more from us?”

I’m not prophesying persecution on any of us, but I am asking: “What we are willing to do for the advancement of God’s Kingdom on this earth?”

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