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“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?” Esther 4:14

Read: Esther 4:1-14
Listen: Esther 4


Esther is a Jew living in Persia who was selected to be the queen of the most powerful empire in the world. The king doesn’t know she is Jewish and decrees that all Jews are to be killed. If she speaks up, she is likely to be killed. If she remains silent, all the Jewish people will be killed. In this complicated situation, her cousin Mordecai reminds her that her position isn’t just for herself. He asks her to consider if she is placed as queen to serve at that very moment.

Our world tells us to find happiness in success, wealth, and stuff. However, Jesus calls us to something different. He says that life is found in following him and his example. It’s found in service, sacrifice and loving your neighbor. We need to ask the same question Mordecai did. What if God blessed us with time, talents, a position of influence or financial resources to serve and bless others? Who knows but that we have come to these things for such a time as this?

TODAY: Jesus calls us to something deeper and better than living for ourselves. He taught his followers to serve others. Consider where you might be able to serve. Find your place to serve at Ada Bible Church or in the community HERE.


Read Luke 7. Highlight anything that refers to the Old Testament and how Jesus fulfills it. Note the nationalities of those whom Jesus heals and how this diversity points to the promise God made to Abraham in Genesis 12:3. Also note the Old Testament passage Jesus quotes in verses 22-23.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.