Take Your Place!
“Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown,
so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.”
Mordecai, a brave Hebrew, refuses to give homage to an evil ruler of political importance.
Haman, the prideful ruler flatters a king and designs a heinous decree.
Xerxes, king of Persia, carelessly signs the order which rings out across the empire.
On the 14th day of the last month of the year all the king’s subjects may bear arms against the Jews.
The rest of the story
Horror and trembling filled the dwelling places of God’s people.
God had a plan. Someone needed to take his place. Someone had to be willing—to die.
The lovely Queen Esther argued with her uncle Mordecai. “But anyone who approaches the king without prior permission is condemned to death.”
“But God has placed you here for this time. Take your place and intercede for God’s people.”
So Esther commanded all the Jews in Sushan to fast food and water for three days. Esther and her maidens did likewise. Everyone—from the palace to the village—took his place.
On the third day, Esther bathed royally, dressed royally, and was scented royally. (Please take note of this.) Supported by the prayer and fasting of her people she walked with royal grace—to her king. She took her place!
Hallelujah! The royal scepter was extended and Esther gave the invitation. “If it pleases King Xerxes, I would be honored to have you dine with me tomorrow. And please… bring Haman too.”
And you know the story of Esther brave and true who rescued God’s people from certain death and brought about a reversal of the king’s cruel command.
God had positioned Esther for posterity, but still, she had to take her rightful place.
We are the children of the Most High God. We do not take a back seat to the enemy. We take our place, the place where the Almighty has positioned us. We stand at attention and speak His truth at every opportunity. We do not wait for a mighty crowd to proclaim God’s truth. We must rule and reign right where God has placed us.
Every place the sole of your foot touches is a place that can be impacted by the gospel of Jesus Christ. Take your place and do all—whether big or small—for the glory of God.
Daughter of the Most High, you were born for such a time as this!
You were born to change history!
Take your place!