Esther 10

10 Now King Ahasuerus laid a tribute on the land and on the coastlands of the sea. And all the [a]accomplishments of his authority and strength, and the full account of the greatness of Mordecai to which the king [b]advanced him, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Media and Persia? For Mordecai the Jew was second only to King Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews and in favor with his many kinsmen, one who sought the good of his people and one who spoke for the welfare of his whole nation.

Yup, just 3 verses, that’s all there is in the final chapter of the book of Esther. But even in its brevity, there’s a lesson for all of us. Mordecai could have just sat back and enjoyed the easy life. He could have used it to oppress anyone he didn’t like, as Haman did before him. Instead, Mordecai used his position to seek good for his people and nation. I suspect he also was pretty good to all the subjects of Ahasuerus also, but we aren’t told anything about that.

When God give us position of authority, or a position of influence, it isn’t an accident. We need to be mindful of how we can use our position for God’s kingdom. In some cases, it may be obvious, and in others, we might be scratching our heads wondering what God intended for us to do. But seek Him first, and look for opportunities to share God’s love and the good news of his rescue plan for all people.

You might also think you’re off the hook, since you’re not second in command of a nation. But no matter where God has you right now, you’re there on purpose. Even if it is only to share (and show) God’s love to a few, be intentional with your days, and don’t let opportunities slip by unnoticed. Wherever you are, be like Mordecai and seek the good of your people and your nation.

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