Daily D – Esther 4:14
Esther 4:14 “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (NIV)
Beyond your many opportunities, past the vast possibilities before you, at your very essence, why are you here? What is your ultimate contribution?
If it’s to grab all you can and to do only what you want to do, your ultimate contribution is equivalent to the worst kinds of crimes.
If it’s to live in ease and to seek only pleasure, your ultimate contribution will exhaust resources without increasing value.
If it’s to control more and more and to care less and less, your ultimate contribution will be a stranglehold that chokes life and meaning from others.
If it’s to know and experience God, your ultimate contribution will express and extend every good and perfect gift God places in your hands. You will magnify goodness and amplify kindness. You will maximize light and extinguish darkness. You will be celebrated for eternity for giving others life worth celebrating now.
There is only one good and right way to enrich yourself in this world. It is to enrich the lives of everyone you meet.
One more time: Why on earth are you here? What is your ultimate contribution?
I will know and experience God so that others may know and experience God in all of his grace, mercy, goodness, kindness, and love.
Our Father, it’s not about me. Make me a mirror reflecting your glory and goodness. Make me a blessing that others may see you as the source of every good and perfect gift. Make me a voice of truth, justice, hope, and salvation. Empower me to live the kind of life maximized in value to everyone I meet. Amen.
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Jonah 4:2, 3 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Hosea 14:8, 9 “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.” Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.”