Do you have influence? Everyone does to some extent whether we are royalty or not. In the scheme of things, God has placed each one of us in a sphere of influence. He has given each person gifts, talents, wealth and even lack thereof, to use as tools for the purpose of His glory. Remember, Esther, even though she was a favored queen, she was also a harem slave. Even she had her limits.
Who is in your sphere? We have family, coworkers, acquaintances, which can cause enough stress and turmoil in our lives. And then we also have enemies within our close circles, our communities and in the world, many of whom we are unaware of and if we did know, exposing them would be risky. We would like to be at peace with our enemies, but we must never appease evil merely to get along.
When we become a part of God's kingdom, we get to participate in what He is doing. Sometimes this can involve great risk in which we must be vigilant in prayer to make sure we carefully follow His instruction because innocent lives including our own are at stake.
"Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and flog you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings because of Me, as a witness to them and to the Gentiles. But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you should say, for it shall be given to you in that hour what you should say. For it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you." ~Jesus, Matthew 10:16-20
Life is valuable to God. He created each and every life for His purposes (Psalm 139). The enemy, Satan and those who follow him (even unintentionally), comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10), but he uses deception as cover. God created nations and governments for the purpose of keeping order and justice, for preservation of life and punishment of crime. When this gets out of order, it takes good honest people (many times only a few) put in positions of influence at all levels by God to set things right. This is delicate and there is always opposition.
I encourage you to read the book of Esther out loud with your family. She and her uncle Mordecai put their own lives at risk for the sake of many innocent lives. Because of their obedience to God, their people, the Jews, were given the means and permission to defend their lives against the orders set in place by the evil schemes of Haman and his henchmen. In the end, Haman was hung on the very gallows he had prepared for Mordecai. Poetic justice, this is Purim!!!
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