don't miss out
By Scott Dyer
August 19, 2020
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1 Corinthians 12:1-26
One reason I love the story of Esther is because she, like me, tried to fly under the radar for most of her life. Esther didn’t want anyone to know that she was a Jew - she didn’t want to ruffle any feathers, and then all of sudden she was in a unique position where God could use her.
My wife, Ariel, once shared a similar story in her life. Not ending genocide similar, but still similar. When Ariel was in middle school she had attended a prayer meeting with her mom and she received a vision from God about a specific couple, who was standing in the front row. She felt that God was calling her to share what she saw with that couple, but she hesitated thinking, “No way! That’s weird I’m not gonna do that!”
But what happened next is almost identical to what Mordecai says to Esther, “if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance ... will arise from another place.”
After waiting for two minutes debating in her heart whether or not to share the vision with the couple, she saw another person, two rows in front of her, stand up and march directly to that couple to share what she believes to undoubtedly be the exact same vision that God had invited her to share with that couple. But instead, Ariel missed out on getting to be the person to bring healing and deliverance to that couple.
In the story of Esther we see her rise to the occasion, claim her identity as a Jew, and save her people! Praise God for a beautiful happy ending!
Yet, how often do you and I just try to fly under the radar, tell no one that we are Christians, just try to get through the day in the most comfortable way, and hope for the best. Too often!
Let’s not miss out on God’s invitation. God knows who He is going to save, and He is inviting us to join Him in bringing that salvation to pass.
Don’t miss out!
Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
— Psalm 36:5
Prayer to start with: Lord, I confess that I often choose my comfort over serving you. I love myself more than I love doing the things that you invite me to do. I believe that you’ve forgiven me and that even now you are inviting me to be with you and hear from you.