There are many times we hear stories of people in different situations that should lead us to the express lane on our knees but because we are not directly affected we just reflect later about how sad and hard their circumstances are. Case in point, what is happening in our counties, countries, and continents.
If a part of the body of Christ suffers the whole body suffers, well, at least that’s how it ought to be. I was watching the news two weeks ago, and it was the first weekend in a long time that there would not be a church service in Nineveh on a Sunday. It was sad that the place of worship that generations had called their sanctuary would cease to be a place of refuge and comfort just like that.
When I hear stories like that it’s easy for me to be like, ‘Wah, that’s so sad.’ and leave it at that, but my heart should be moved by the news. If Christians there are being persecuted then the whole body suffers. I am not exempt of persecution. I do not know where the Lord will place me in the years to come, so while my salvation in Kenya seems very secure, I don’t know what tomorrow holds.
In some situations closer to home one action may have a big impact but since it involves going out of our comfort zones we make excuses using the status quo as the basis .
That was the same thing that happened when Mordecai told Esther about the predicament of the Jews. Her response was that it was common knowledge that unless the King invited you to his presence you could not approach him. This was a valid response but the magnitude of the matter had not yet hit home.
Esther 4:12-13 (NIV)
When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape.”
Mordecai had to break it down to her, that her position did not mean exemption. Also, her royal position meant that she could influence the salvation of the Jews.
Esther 4:14 (NIV)
“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 your royal position for such a time as this?”
Our positions do not make us exempt or guarantee us safety. May our hearts be moved by the things that move the Father’s heart and may we act in accordance to His will.