Friend to the C&D family and writer- Esther Johnson guest blogs on the calling God places on our lives. Inspired by Esther 4:14- the newest Citizen&Darling T connects us with this incredible call on our lives to walk in the identity God has given us, but also as a reminder that things in this world like human trafficking challenges to take that away, and we must truly know who we are, in order to stand firm. The Esther T now available for pre-order!
For Such A Time As This
“…Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace will escape… For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” Esther 4:13b-14
Those words have resonated with me from an early age. (I guess being named Esther has something to do with it!) But it isn’t just because she was a queen, or that this phrase is so poetic that makes it so powerful. Something about the words “for such a time as this” hit on a mystery and question that challenges us all: What is my purpose? What was I made for? There is a deep and stirring desire each person has to know what great calling is etched into our destiny.
Everyone plays an important role in history. Don’t believe that your life is arbitrary, or less meaningful based on a lack of perceivable impact. The great Designer is orchestrating something magnificent, and we all have our part to play. If we choose to opt in. There are really just two options: we can engage, or be a passive spectator. Sadly, when it comes to social justice, many of us do nothing.
Isn’t it just easier to live comfortably and ignore troubles around us? When we see danger it’s instinctive to prioritize preserving ourselves and getting out of the line of fire. That is because, if we’re honest, we really value safety and comfort over people. And maybe we’d just rather stay ignorant to the distasteful things that exist around us… simply because knowing about them would morally require us to do something.
Esther could have stayed safe behind the castle walls drinking wine and lounging around when she found out her people were going to be slaughtered. But instead she decided to risk her life, by appealing to the king to have mercy. Standing idly by while others suffered was not an option, and she valued her life as less important than that of others, by saying, “If I perish, I perish.”
You want a life of identity and purpose? Fight for the powerless. Speak for the voiceless. Love others more than you love your safety and yourself.
Human trafficking is a horrific reality. Thousands of women, men, boys and girls daily suffer the most hellish torture a human could endure. And while we amble about in our comfortable lives, this slavery is thriving in our own backyard. Pretending it doesn’t exist, does not make it go away.
The world is filled with oppression. Individually we cannot do everything to end evil. But perhaps this is a key time in life to consider, “what can I do?”
What is God calling you to? What is tugging on your heart right now in this season?
Wherever you are strategically placed in society, in whatever sphere of influence you have be it great or small… God can use that mightily, if you let Him. We cannot be aware of what is happening and remain silent.
Like Mordecai said to Esther, “If you do nothing, rescue WILL come from somewhere else.” It will. Because God is a God of justice and does not forsake His children. But maybe you have been established for a great purpose, and intervening is exactly why YOU are here. For such a time as this.
NB: Find out about how you can join Citizen & Darling’s active involvement with fighting human trafficking. (Link to About page, and upcoming events, etc.)
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