Esther 4:13
And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews.

Through wise counsel and divine favour, Esther had become strategically positioned in the corridors of power in a great nation. However, the trappings of privilege, power and glamour threatened to dull her sensitivity to the plight of her people.

She had to be reminded that she wouldn’t be exempt from the pogrom the enemy plotted against her compatriots. Her privileged position was no insurance against the shared challenges facing her people.

Neither is ours, beloved! As fellow citizens of this globe, we share its issues, needs and blessings. We don’t stand aloof and detached from what’s going on around us. The fact that we are heaven-bound must not render us irrelevant on earth. Good witnesses of Christ do not have an ivory tower mentality. You can’t be a recluse and a witness at the same time!

Rather, we must identify with the needs of our community. We are all intercessors, change agents and beacons of hope who empathise with the saints, our neighbours, leaders and all men (1 Tim 2:1-4).

Pastor Josh