A smile spread across my face in my morning reading in the book of Esther. It was in chapter 4:12-14 that I had to set my Bible down and ponder the words I had just read. It was a familiar truth I had read elsewhere in God’s Word. I just had to shake my head in amazement to the power of God.
Esther is the newly elected queen to replace Queen Vashti. Haman, the highest of all the king’s nobles, is an emotional wreck. He discovers that Esther’s Uncle Mordecai, like Esther, a Jew, will not bow down to him, and his mental state plummets into a further decline. He will have Mordecai and all his relatives killed. Death to all Jews!
As we begin chapter four, Mordecai gets word to the Queen of this devastating news. There’s some dialogue back and forth, and then Mordecai reaches his emotional limit: “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place…”
My paraphrase: If God puts something within you for you to say, don’t go around with your mouth clamped shut.
That smile that came upon me in my reading in Esther was from reflecting back to Exodus 4:13. Moses is complaining to God about his inadequacies in taking on the job of leading the Hebrew nation out of Egypt and into God’s promised land. And Moses pleads:
“…Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”
So, this Witnessing 101 lesson is simply that you, along with every Christian, have a God-given mission. A mission that involves sharing the truth that God has placed inside your life. If you don’t share what God has uniquely given you to share, He will find someone else to do the sharing. You will miss out on the blessing and eternal rewards. Your spiritual bank account will just show “no deposit.”
Open your Bible and read the context of these passages over slowly; grasp the seriousness of God. Ask Him what He would have you do, and then be prepared to step out in faith and do it. Just do it. The faith that God is asking you to step out in is a trust in Him that your Savior will be with you as you speak for Him. He will give you His power and guide you along the way. Much prayer is needed. Then after the prayer, and while continuing to pray, your work of faith can be carried out.
This is the lesson God spoke to me about. My smile from the morning is now gone. There is work to be done. There is a priority in God’s thinking that needs to be mine. Truth inside me that must come out.