Esther 4:14-16 “For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”
Esther was birthed into the kingdom for such a time as this! She had a role to play in the grand scheme of things that God had planned for deliverance for her people. Mordecai realized that she was in the King’s harem for a reason. She wasn’t just brought there to please the king, but she was there to please the King of kings and Lord of lords. She was there to play a strategic role in the lives of her people, the nation of Israel. Esther fasted and prayed to gain the direction that she needed to be all that God had created her to be and then followed His directions to effect change in the lives of her family, her friends and her nation. Her passion to do all that God had called her to do caused her to abandon her will for His. Her life was risked to be the person that God wanted her to be in the day and hour that she lived. Had she not yielded to God’s will for her life He would have risen up another to fulfill His plan, but she knew that God had His hand on her life and she willingly chose to follow His leading in standing in the gap for her people.
God has created and birthed each one of us into this day and hour for such a time as this! We all have been created and placed strategically where we are to effect change in the lives of those around us. Some of us have been called to leadership, some to support roles, some to teaching, prophesying and exhortation, and some to quiet intercession. But each one of us has a strategic place in God’s plan for mankind and our responsibility is to exercise the gifts that God has given us through faith that He will empower us to do what He has called us to do.
Romans 12:4-8 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
You are a unique creation with inherent talents and abilities that no one else has. God fashioned you according to His plan for your life. But sometimes we have difficulty seeing the value that we actually have to God and those around us. Sometimes we wish we were someone else. We can’t see the good that we are doing and we wonder what is our purpose in life. For every time that you wish you were someone else or that you had someone else’s talents and abilities there is someone looking at you and wishing they were like you. That’s right! Someone sees in you the virtues that you don’t see in yourself. Someone else is thinking “I wish I was like her or him”. “I would like to be able to communicate with others like she/he can”. You may be wondering why you were created a certain nationality and placed in a country where there is turmoil and unrest. But you are valuable to God right where you are. He didn’t make a mistake when He created you the color or nationality that you are. He wasn’t wrong in placing you in the country of your heritage. He needed you right where you are. When will you stop questioning God about “why” you are the way you are and start celebrating the unique values that He has placed within you, that when empowered by Him, will make a difference in the hearts and lives of those around you?
The Starfish Story
Original Story by: Loren Eisley
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed
a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.
Approaching the boy, he asked, What are you doing?
The youth replied, Throwing starfish back into the ocean.
The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.
Son, the man said, don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said:
I made a difference for that one.
This little boy was making a difference in the lives of those sea creatures one at a time. He might not have been able to save them all, but he was doing what he could to save them one at a time. Our lives are like that. We may look at the enormity of what is going on around us and think that we have no ability to make a real change in the way things are because it’s just too big for one person. And yet we touch other people’s lives every day, one at a time. We can make a difference by allowing God to touch others through us; each one of us, through the anointing and empowering of the Holy Spirit, can reach one, or two, or a city, a nation or the world! We are exhorted to allow the power of the Holy Spirit to come upon us to reach our Jerusalem, which is our immediate surroundings, Judea and Sarmaria, our city and country and the end of the earth, the world. God wants to flow through us to make a difference!
We look into the Word of God and see the stories of so many who followed the leading of the Lord and made a difference in the lives of people, their nations and the world. We think of David as he went out to fight Goliath and how the people around him told him it couldn’t be done. Why, he was just a lowly shepherd boy. A youth, never trained to fight in an army and how could he think he could kill a giant with just a slingshot and 5 smooth stones. And yet, when he went out empowered by the Lord he did just that! He slew the giant and saved his people, his whole nation! And what about Joshua who led the armies of Israel against the armies of the five Amorite kings at Gibeon and the Lord worked through them to kill all those armies. Joshua was fulfilling the plan of God for his life and he said in Joshua 10:12-14:
Then Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon; And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still, And the moon stopped, Til the people had revenge Upon their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. And there has been no day like that, before it or after it, that the LORD heeded the voice of a man; for the LORD fought for Israel.
Your place in the strategy that God has for a change in your world might be the place of intercession. Here we see that God heeded the voice of the man, Joshua. He listened to him and did as Joshua asked. You can make a difference in the lives of those around you through prayer. You could be just that person that will pray them into heaven, or change the course of their lives through bringing them before the Lord in prayer. You are a valuable part of God’s plan in the lives of those around you.
The greatest example we have of someone making a difference in the lives of mankind is that of the man, Jesus. He was born for such a time as this! His life was sacrificed for the salvation of the whole world. He, through laying down His life to pay for our sins, made a difference in my life and the lives of untold millions. We will never know until we get to heaven and all are there that have received Jesus as Savior and Lord, just how many His life touched. He made a difference in my life; how about you?
Will you be satisfied with who you are in your world or will you consider yourself of no value, not having the attributes and qualities that you think are necessary to effect change in the lives of those around you?
Father, I thank You for who You have created me to be. You formed me and fashioned me in Your likeness and image and placed me in my world for such a time as this! Thank You for choosing me to be who I am and not someone else. Thank You for empowering me to touch those that you have placed in my life for the time that I live in. Thank You for being God in me and through me for I know that I can do nothing in and of myself. It is through Your anointing upon my life that I can make a difference in the lives of others. I pray for my friends today who may be wondering why they were created as they are. Maybe they have disabilities that limit them in where they can go and what they can do. But God, You created them as unique individuals, with talents an abilities like no other and through You they can be everything that You created them to be. I pray that You will show them Your plan for their lives. I ask You to reveal Your will to them and empower them to walk it out. Give them the courage to face today with an assurance that You are leading them to effect change in their world. Thank You for them, Father! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.