“Now Esther spoke again to the king, fell down at his feet, and implored him with tears to counteract the evil of Haman the Agagite, and the scheme which he had devised against the Jews. And the king held out the golden scepter toward Esther. So Esther arose and stood before the king, and said, “If it pleases the king, and if I have found favor in his sight and the thing seems right to the king and I am pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to annihilate the Jews who are in all the king’s provinces. For how can I endure to see the evil that will come to my people? Or how can I endure to see the destruction of my countrymen?””
Esther 8:3-6 NKJV
I am saved. I know that my eternity is in heaven, and death is but a point of transition. I could very easily spend the rest of my days sitting and contemplating that glorious future with the Lord. My future is secured and the sting of death is no more. As I have worked my way through the book of Esther, I am once again reminded that it is not all about me.
Haman was dead, Mordecai exalted, and Esther secure and safe, but she was not done. She had a burden for her people who still faced condemnation. Bowed down to the king, she implored him to rescind the order. He could not, but he could order that the people be able to defend themselves. In many ways we are in the same reality. I sit here secure in my salvation, but I know that there are many who are facing condemnation because of their sins. Ours is a just God.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 6:23 NKJV
The penalty cannot be revoked, but God has provided a remedy, in that He sent His Son Jesus to come and die for our sins. In Him, we have our defense and shelter from death and sin. I, as a believer, am to lift up those who do not know Jesus to the Lord for salvation, that they hear the Gospel, that their hearts be opened and their eyes see the true state that they are in: that they are sinners facing eternity in hell. I do not lift only those I love, but also those I do not love, as only the Lord has the right decide who He will save.
We who call upon the name of the Lord, are also under attack, as we are the targets of the god of this world, the evil one, who desires that we be destroyed. He seeks to destroy our testimony, our story of what Godhas done for us. In the coming weeks, months and years, we are going to see things that we never thought we would see.
We are going to endure things that may seem unbearable, but we have God. We have the security of our salvation. I daily implore the Lord to protect those I am praying for from the prayer chair, that they would look to Jesus and know that He is near.
God has built up in me the heart of an intercessor, and I am driven to pray, to exhort, to lead as the Lord leads me. Brothers and sisters, let’s be like Esther, as we lift up many to the Lord for salvation and strength for those who already believe. Darkness is falling, and we must be about bringing the light while there is still time. So many are perishing with no defense, as the enemy is seeking his own hellish harvest.
We do not have to wait for the king to present the scepter, because Jesus went before us and endured the shame and died for our sins. He went to the cross where His body was rent, as a veil of flesh, giving us, who have been saved, access to the Holy of Holies. I cannot ignore the needs of those bound for hell, for those bound up in sin, and pain. I must pray and use the access that I have, not to a mere king, but the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Let us consider those outside of the household of faith, they have a defense and escape the penalty of sin and hell. Let’s not ignore the burden for others and pray!