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"You Were Born To Be A Star"

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"For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"

Esther 4:14


Who doesn't enjoy the book of Esther, the story about a young jewish orphan who became Queen and with whom God had destined to do great things as she risked her own life to save the lives of the Jewish nation. Like our Lord and Savior, Esther is an advocate for her people, not a self proclaimed advocate like we often see in the world today as people promote themselves, but rather a beautiful and still humble woman of God chosen by Him to stand in the gap for the nation of Israel. If you didn't know, the name Esther means "star" and what a star she was. 

In what appeared to be a dark moment in the life of the children of Israel as wicked Haman, the Judas Iscariot of the Old Testament sought to have the Jews exterminated, it was left up to Esther to go petition the king and risk her own life in violating royal protocol in approaching the king without first being invited. Trusting in faith that she would have the kings favor in that he in return would extend the golden scepter as a sign of grace, he listened to her petition.  

So many lessons we can glean from this wonderful story but the one that stands out in my mind today is this. In the Old Testament when the Holy Spirit came upon a person for the purposes of God, once the purpose of God was fulfilled the Holy Spirit departed from them and moved on to the next person God would anoint and raise up for His special calling. We see it all through the Old Testament, from Moses to Nehemiah, King David and all the prophets, two who stand out to me are Elijah and then Elisha. Men and women, young and old alike were chosen and used of God just as Esther, "for such a time is this", but then they were done.

But the New Testament reveals something better, something so much more regarding you and me. When the Holy Spirit was given beginning in the book of Acts "for such a time as this" changed from a moment in time to "from now on clear into eternity". What wasn't experienced and what couldn't be known in the Old Testament has now come true for me and you. The apostle Paul puts it like this in Colossians 1:26-27, "the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." Did you catch that? God doesn't just come upon your life and mine "for such a time as this" and then depart as in the days of Esther and then moving on to the next anointing. No, loved one, the promise to you and me is not momentary, its permanent.

When we receive Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord God seals us with His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit indwells us so that every day of our lives from that moment on can be "for such a time as this". Talk about exciting! God doesn't just want to use our lives once and then set us aside and move on to someone else (though being used of God once would certainly be an honor enough that would be remembered for a lifetime), but the truth is, God wants to use our lives every day for His glory and our good. 

Just think, there is something of eternal value and worth that God wants to involve you and I in today. Maybe its to plant a seed in someones heart regrading the forgiveness of God and the gift of salvation? Maybe God wants to use you to reach someone today is at the end of their rope, discouraged by life's circumstances and is in desperate need of a good word. Maybe God is calling you to step out in faith and use your gifts and talents to bless other peoples lives or just the opposite. Perhaps God is calling you to humble yourself and reach out for help today so others can use their gifts in serving you?

All I know today is the possibilities to experience a "for such a time as this" are unlimited, as unlimited as is our God. I also know this to be true too, because life this side of heaven is limited, so are our opportunities in life to be used. Don't miss yours! Pray, spend some time in God's Word and ask God where and to whom is He calling you to go to this day. And just as Esther's uncle Mordecai reminded the Queen of the privilege we have to be used of God, let me remind you of the words from Esther 4:14, "For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another placeā€¦" Like I was saying, don't miss your chance to shine like a star! Be like Isaiah and say to the Lord today,

"Send Me"

Isaiah 6:8

I LOVE YOU!



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