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A Friend At Court

A Friend At Court

06 October 2009

Scripture:

Mordecai the Jew became the prime minister, with authority next to that of King Xerxes himself. He was very great among the Jews, who held him in high esteem, because he worked for the good of his people and was a friend at the royal court for all of them. (Esther 10:3 NLT)

As I read the story of Esther this time I was really impressed at how much it is actually the story of Mordecai. Mordecai took his orphaned cousin Hadassah (Esther) into his home and cared for her. After Esther was taken to the palace, Mordecai checked on her every day. Mordecai overheard and reported an assassination plot to the king, saving the king’s life. Mordecai stood by his convictions and wouldn’t bow to Haman, “the enemy of the Jews”. Mordecai challenged Esther to stand up for her people. Mordecai rose to a position of power in the Medo-Persian empire. Mordecai used his power and authority for the good of his people and was their friend at court.

Mordecai’s words to Esther, “Who can say but that you have been elevated to the palace for just such a time as this?” also apply to me. God hasn’t elevated me to the palace, but he has saved me, made me part of his family, and blessed me in ways too many to count.

I know that as a steward of God’s grace, I am both responsible and privileged to use the blessings that come my way to bless others. God told Abraham, “I will bless you and you will be a blessing.”

The influence I have been given in Christ, whether through a position of authority or the influence of my example and my network of relationships is to be used for the benefit of others and not for myself. Paul said, “…The authority given to us by the Lord… is to build you up, not to tear you down…” (2 Corinthians 10:8 NLT)

Prayer:

Father, thanks for the example of Mordecai who worked for the good of his people and who was their friend at court. I want to serve you better by serving the needs of others more effectively. I want to develop the reputation of one who works for the good of others and is their “friend at court.” Help me to live with integrity and act with wisdom and compassion. Amen.

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