July 21, 2015

Mordecai and Esther: Opportune Calling

Esther 4:1-17

“Who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

—  Esther 4:14

Esther was upset to see her uncle distraught and in mourning. She wanted to help her people, but her uncle’s request was terrifying. If she went into the king’s presence uninvited, she would be risking her life.

Mentors challenge us to see a bigger picture and follow our calling. They guide us beyond our fears to wonder how God might want to involve us in his work.

Mordecai said, in effect, “Have you considered that this might be part of God’s plan for your life?”

Mordecai knew that God would work out his plan with or without her, but if she could help, this could be an opportunity to be involved in building up God’s kingdom.

Mentors help us discern how God is calling us to use our gifts, talents, and opportunities to further his kingdom. We each have unique opportunities to serve God, but they are not without risk. Like Esther, we should consider our calling with prayer and fasting. When we perceive where God is leading, we should take bold steps to follow obediently.

Have you considered how God wants to use you? Prayerfully ask God for his guidance. Help those whom you mentor to see how God might be equipping them to serve him.

Lord, thank you for the unique way you have equipped me to serve. Help me to serve you with my gifts each day. Help me also to encourage the people around me to serve you faithfully. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

About the author — Steven and Deb Koster

Steven and Deb Koster have a passion for marriages, families, and spiritual growth in the home. Both are ordained ministers in the Christian Reformed Church in North America. Steven formerly served as editor of Today and director of ReFrame's English-language outreach. Deb leads Family Fire, ReFrame’s family ministry at FamilyFire.com and on Facebook. The Kosters have three children.

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