Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Women: The Apostles of Christ.Esther 7:1-10.
Vs: 4: - “For I and my people have been sold to be destroyed, killed, and annihilated. If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet, because no such distress would justify disturbing the king.”
“Why me?” Have you ever asked that question when someone asked you to do something or when something tragic happened to you? Maybe Queen Esther asked the same question when her cousin, Mordecai, suggested that she use her position as queen to prevent the destruction of her nation.
Esther was a Jewish woman of humble origins and despite her humble origins; she was chosen to become the queen of Persia. She risked her life to save her people from annihilation and became a powerful example of apostolic ministry.
What is apostolic ministry? It is the ministry of sending and empowering others to do the work of the gospel. It is a ministry of Faith, Courage, and risk-taking. Esther embodied all these qualities in her ministry. She had Faith that God would protect her and give her the strength she needed. She had the Courage to stand up to the king and ask for his help to save the Jews from destruction. She was willing to risk her life to save her people. And her story continues to inspire people today to live lives of courage andfaith.
How can we follow Esther's example of apostolic ministry? Here are a few ways:
Have Faith that God will protect us and give us the strength we need. When we are faced with challenges, we can trust that God is with us and that He will provide us with what we need to overcome them.
Have the Courage to stand up for what we believe in. This may mean speaking out against injustice, standing up for the oppressed, or simply living a life that is counter-cultural.
Be willing to risk our lives for the sake of the gospel. This may not mean literally putting our lives on the line, but it does mean being willing to step out in faith and do what is right, even in difficult situations.
Have deep reliance on prayer and fasting.This spiritual discipline demonstrates her understanding of the power of God and the need for divine intervention. This will align us with God's will and strengthen our connection to Him, empowering us to fulfill our apostolic calling.
Have trust in God's Providence and Redemption. This reminds us that even during challenging circumstances, God is at work. His plans are more significant than we can comprehend, and He can turn even the darkest situations into opportunities for redemption and restoration.
Esther was a faithful, courageous, and inspiring woman. When we follow Esther's example of apostolic ministry, we can help to spread the gospel, bring hope and healing to those who need it most, and make a difference in the world.
Dear God, give us the faith and courage to be Your apostle to accomplish Your purposes in our lives. In Jesus' name Amen
Thought for the Day
Jesus washes the feet of the Apostles. Are we ready to serve others like that?
Jooley Mathew Zachariah, Houston Trinity Mar Thoma Church