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Esther 2
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Many Christians are aware of the story of Esther, and how she, being without surviving parents, is taken up by her cousin Mordecai, is sent forth to the palace of Israel’s captors, and then impresses the king with her beauty.

Mordecai is important, according to the Scripture, because of his standing with the king.  He’s not a slouch. In fact, there’s a likelihood he has important stuff to do, he has no time for trivialities. Yet he insists on taking up Esther as “his own daughter”, showing her kindness and promoting her into favor with the king of the land.

His efforts don’t stop here; once the king has Esther in his court, Mordecai consistently checks on her.

And he doesn’t miss a day.

We see the connection between Mordecai and the Christ Himself, how both take the destitute and downtrodden and call them his own, positioning them in favorable standing with God and men.

What occurs thereafter, how Mordecai’s concern does not end once Esther “makes it”, is worth a closer look

How we are prone to “plant the seed” and then leave it in the soil! We say, “oh yes, God will do the work,” but as His vessels, we are shored up, tied to the dock and unwilling to budge. We’d rather stay away, avoiding prospective danger; perhaps they’ll be alright, we say, as we watch our friends endure the waves of the raging sea alone.

This passive attitude must cease. The American church is at risk of widespread complacency and dormancy, letting Sundays become our day of rest, but the other six days being no better in terms of our labor for the kingdom of God. We’re well known for “shoving our beliefs down their throats” when we’re supposed to be known for our love. Does the Lord’s love relent, and should we not model this same urgency to love others?

By no means should we forgo the need for correction and discipleship, for our obligation to present humanity with the reality of our sinful nature. Without proper correction, we not only disobey the Lord, but we put our brothers at serious risk of destruction.

We should be an unstoppable force for His love, however. We should be known as disciples of Christ by our love for one another.

On a practical level, we should be checking on our brothers and sisters.

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

This doesn’t mean be horribly irritating, but man, at least pay attention to what’s happening. Is there someone that you feel inclined to at least ask how things are going? Social media is spectacular for this very reason: you can always contact someone, wherever they’re standing — it takes mere moments, and it could mean everything.

Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.

Wouldn’t you like to know that someone has your back when you fall? Why not become that person?

We learn later in the chapter that Mordecai even saves the king’s life by unveiling a murder plot. The man is living to keep the people closest to him in good standing, and even more so, continuing to stand.

This should be of high importance to the believer. Do not be preoccupied with the cares of this world, and find opportunities to serve and hold up one another. By this, you fulfill half of the command above all commands from the Lord — the half that we could do a lot better obeying.

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