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There are three categories of people in this world.

 

a) Those who know not what’s happening

 

                                                       — Ignorance

 

b) Those who watch things happen

 

                                                       — Inactiveness

 

c) Those who make things happen

 

                                                       — Involvement

 

Queen Esther was wonderfully  steered by God through all these stages to reverse history in her times. Some make stories. Others make history. If we surrender our lives to God with the resolve, “If I perish I perish,” it is a wee thing for God to change history in our times too.

 

a) Ignorant Esther

 

Esther was exalted from her orphan life over-night into the royal diadem. But she did not understand her calling then. She was overjoyed at the change in life, enjoying all the benefits of the kingdom. But she was in total darkness concerning her people outside Susa the citadel. Even when Mordecai was   wailing and weeping outside the walls as if the sky was falling, she could not guess the reason. And when she sent word  to find out the reason, Mordecai informed her of the destruction that had come upon the people.

 

Like Esther, most of us are ignorant of what’s happening to people and we choose to be so. The blessings of the kingdom fill our horizon. We are all praises for God for elevating us to the royal status. Good. But have you understood your calling? You are specially called in the Master’s plan to bring salvation to the people. You are not just somebody to God. You are called by name (Es 2:14). Do you think you are chosen just to go to heaven? No! A thousand times no! India is unevangelised because of your ignorance. You are overfeeding your soul with church services, conventions, meetings and Bible-studies. But for a moment lift up your eyes and “look!” Where there is no vision the people perish. “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering towards slaughter. If you say, ‘But we knew nothing  about this’ does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who guards your life know it? Will He not repay  each person according to what he has done?” (Prov 24:11,12) Ignorance is no excuse, beware!

 

This is the condition of India. Reading the daily news is like watching a horror film. Ignorance,  illiteracy, idolatry, sin, superstition, starvation, disease, death, cults, calamities ... but a land of seekers. India means people. Millions “who cannot discern between their right hand and their left!” Is this nothing to you? This is Moredecai’s message to you: “Your people perish. Go and make supplication.”

 

b) Inactive Esther

 

Esther was in a soup. She had by then got used to a convenient lifestyle of no cares. She was safe and protected within the four walls of the palace. How then could she risk her life? She loved her life more than her people. She was not ready to gamble with God. For her, it was risky business. Her zeal for God hit rock-bottom on seeing the dangerous implications. So she presented an excuse, “I have not been called to come to the king.” What tardiness! Did she not know that she must leap out of her cozy cradle when her people were facing destruction? Should not the gentle breeze become a gruesome storm and the beautiful candle a blazing fire at the face of such a situation? Was that a time to be waiting for an opportunity to be called? So she was reprimanded by Mordecai with volcanic forcefulness.

 

We have adopted a convenient religion for us. Sunday Service, Tuesday Bible Study, Thursday Women’s Fellowship, Friday Fasting Prayer. And the free days are reserved to “attend” gospel meetings and “hear” special speakers. Evangelism cannot intrude this barbed wire territory. So convenient and so warm that you dare not risk outside this bed of roses. You want to be carefree. But  the Lord says, “You women who are so complacent, rise up and listen to me; you daughters who feel secure, hear what I have to say! In a little more than a year you who feel secure will tremble; the grape harvest will fail, and the harvest of fruit will not come. Tremble you complacent women” (Isa 32:9-11).

 

We give lame excuses for our lethargy. All the religious activity we have is for us. Doing nothing for others. Read the handwriting on the wall and tremble. “You have been weighed in the balance and found wanting.” What is your excuse to go out to the sinners? Family? Work? Health? Prestige? What was the sin of the slothful servant? The sin of doing nothing, knowing his master was one who reaped where he sowed not and gathered where he threshed not. A non-productive life—choked by the cares of this world. Repent of your laziness.

 

Here is Mordecai’s message to you:

 

i) Deliverance is certain!

 

ii) You shall be judged!

 

iii) So don’t keep quiet! (Es 4:14)

 

Your failure will not leave a historical hiatus. The Lord is well able to raise up children for Him out of stones. Will you say, “Am I my sister’s keeper?” Your sister’s blood is calling from the dusts of India. She who gathers not, scatters. Take the first step of risking your life in God’s hand. How long will someone lure you with a carrot on the stick to make you move? Hear God’s call, see the world’s need and move on!

 

c) Involved Esther

 

Mordecai’s message shook this demure little housewife out of her slumber and sloth, limp and lethargy. She stepped out once and for all with the oath, “If I perish, I perish.” She was out on the job. She moved the king to accept her invitation, by her talent of speech. She fell down at his feet and made intercession and by her tears won his favour, “How can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?” (8:6) When she claimed ownership of her people, the king’s heart melted. Her request was two-fold: “Let my life be given me at my petition and my people at my request” (7:3). Shall we call the first a prayer for revival and the second for evangelism? She stands as a model for soulwinners.

 

Beloved, serve not God conveniently. Let’s be affected. Let’s battle against the boos of the devil. Let’s put our life at stake, for like Esther if we lose it we shall find it. When everything seems lost, remember future remains. Pour your talents for God. “O wall of the daughter of Zion, let your tears flow like a river day and night; give yourself no relief, your eyes no rest. Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift your hands to Him for the lives of your children, who faint from hunger at the head of every street” (Lam 2:18,19). Let Esther’s prayer be your rosary. “Give me my life, give me my people. Lord, revive me, give me India.”

 

The King has given you His authoritative Name and His seal of the Holy Spirit with all His gifts. Send out the Good News fast. “For no document written in the king’s name and sealed with his ring can be revoked” (8:8). Esther and Moredecai launched an operation propagation. Esthers, if you can only do your best, Moredecais will do the rest. The result? The Good News reached all the provinces “from INDIA to Ethiopia” (8:9).

 


   Address for Correspondence & Contributions:

Lilian Stanley
13 Church Colony
Vellore 632006, India
Tel: +91 9843511943
Email: lilianstanley@gmail.com

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