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PRAGMATIC SPIRIT

-Abin Thevarmadathil

Mordecai and Esther are two peculiar characters of the


Book of Esther. Esther was a Jewish lady who became the
queen of King Xerxes. God lifted Esther to be the queen of
Persia with a purpose.
After she became the queen, there was a crisis for God’s
people that the king decided to kill all the Jews under the
influence of Haman, who was second to the King. God’s
purpose for Esther as a
queen was for the deliverance of Jews. But when the
request came from Mordecai (Esther’s uncle) regarding the
problem, Esther tried to tell excuses to get away from her
responsibilities. At
this point of time Mordecai sends a warning to her which is
relevant in our lives.

“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance


for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your
father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you
have come to a royal position for such a time as this.”
Esther 4:14

In this warning letter there are three significant points:


1. Now God’s people are in need of her help.Even if she
remained silent Jews will not be destroyed. Deliverance for
the Jews will arise
from another place.
2. She has to arise and help God’s people. Otherwise she
will have to regret about her life and family later.
3. Mordecai is reminding Esther that she has come to this
royal position for helping God’s work.
This story of Esther and Mordecai brings warning which is
relevant for us today:
A. Are we silent even after knowing the need of God’s
people?
B. God’s church and his work will not be stopped even if
you and I are not fulfilling our responsibilities to God’s
work. He will fulfill it
through another person.
C. What will happen, if we keep ignoring the needs of the
church? Like Mordecai warns, if we remain silent we and
our family will have
to regret later.
D. Why God has blessed us in such a good position now?
The ultimate purpose is to use us as an instrument for the
expansion of His kingdom. So it’s our responsibility to
respond
to the needs of the church.

The above points are life saving, so not only our prayers
are enough, but we need to move a pragmatic (dealing
with things in a practical way) spirit for a ‘Renaissance’
(new beginning).BEING
PRAGMATIC WILL MAKE US TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH
GOD AND HELP GOD’S WORK INWHICHEVER WAY
POSSIBLE. Let us stand for God for such a time as this.