Monday, October 1, 2012

Willing to Take a Risk


Queen Esther Risks her life to Appear before the King
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Esther 7:1-6, 9-10  9:20-22

Gleaning from Pastor Jerry’s sermon; as he read about Queen Esther and her bravery to take a risk in order to save herself and her people.

The Feast of Purim is celebrated today with gladness and feasting, as a holiday by the Jews in honor of Esther and the risk that she took.  She spoke the facts of life that brought forth deliverance.  Notice that she did not lead a revolution. 

Esther’s Uncle told her, “Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”  Her skillful intervention saved the Jewish nation at that time.

Pastor said he was not suggesting that we take risks such as sky diving or unwise financial risks, but that we should be willing to step up and do even the small things asked of us by God within our world.   Not to hold back or button up.

Most of what we do for the Lord may not be spectacular, but the reward will be for our obedience.  We may find a time that it is necessary to speak up and let our voice be heard, using wisdom and help from God to say the right things at the right moment.

As Christians we are in the world, but we are not of the world.

We live in an alien culture where superior authorities dictate to us how we should live.

Our times are uncertain, and who knows if even here in America we may be called upon to die for our faith.  Some would question that statement, but we need to be willing to do so if that be the case. 

Remember all the genocides against the Jews, the terrors used by Hitler and others.  Even today there are enemies attempting to destroy the Jews.  Thousands of Syrians are attempting to get over the border, and the Arabs and their supporters seek to ignite another Holocaust

May we take risks for Jesus as he asks of us.  May we speak for someone who cannot speak for themselves. 

Be brave to take a risk and step out perhaps slowly at first, then to advance with little gestures of acts of kindness.

Who knows but perhaps YOU have been called to take a risk in such a time as this!

 
This post is Linked with Charlotte’s Spiritual Sundays
Also Linked up with Michelle’s Hear it on Sunday

 

2 comments:

  1. Sounds like an excellent sermon! And an excellent post as well! May we all be like Esther, led by the Spirit to use wisdom, discretion and courage to stand up for what is right.
    God bless,
    Laurie

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  2. In our present world, we live at risk every day ... and that's even before the real danger hits [my assumption]. Must be on alert at all times. Esther didn't start out that way, but she definitely grew into extreme alert/focus. And saved thousands and thousands of people. That was a good thing. I'm not an "Esther", but I hope I can be a helper, too.

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