Re: Verse reading–Esther 4:4-17; 7:1-6 (day one)
“Who knows whether you have attained royalty for such a time as this?”–4:14
“To whom much is given, much is required”, said Jesus one day to His disciples. (Luke 12:48). God’s sliding scale for judgement. Those who have much information will be judged by a higher standard than those with less privilege. Only fair.
Every blessing is also an obligation. We love BECAUSE we have been loved. (1 John 4:19). Not even a choice. A moral responsibility.
Sometimes, we conquer one kind of fear by focusing on a greater fear– of failing God, of being an ungrateful, spoiled child who always receives but never grows up to give back.
Mordecai’s words to Esther and Jesus’ words to us have a similar thread. God’s gifts are not given to us so that we can “play it safe”. His gifts prepare our hearts so that we will be ready for the risks that are involved in giving back!