The Story: The Queen of Beauty and Courage

H-Icon_Ch20_Esther“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. 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 4:12-14

This Week’s Scripture References: Esther 1-9

God’s people were in trouble. Esther was in a position to do something about it. But stepping up to make a difference involved risk, maybe even her own life. So Esther spent three days getting her heart ready for this important task. She asked God’s people to join her in praying and fasting as she prepared for this important job. She wanted to know that God was close to her and that this was the right thing to do. Esther had a choice to make. She could choose to remain silent hoping that relief for God’s people would come from some other source or she could live into the possibility of purposeful living. She could choose to believe the possibility that perhaps she was born for such a time as this. Esther had the boldness, courage, and faith to stand up and do something for what was not right. Esther chose to take the risk and trust God and God’s people were saved.

Were you born for such a time as this?

85% of first time faith commitments are made between the ages of 4 and 14.
         How are you called to share your faith for such a time as this?
60% of the families in our community do not know Jesus or have a connection with a faith family.
         How can you be Christ in your community for such a time as this? 
Over half of the world’s population lives on less than $2.00 per day.
         Do you have resources to share for such a time as this?
In the U.S., 63 million people over the age of 16 don’t read well enough to understand a newspaper story written at the 8th grade level. 63.1% of public school eighth graders and 66.3% of public school fourth graders in the state of Ohio are unable to read at grade level. 
          Be a voice of encouragement for such a time as this!
20% of students in our local schools qualify for free and reduced lunches.
          How can you make a difference for such a time as this?
1 of 4 women experience domestic violence, hurt by people who should protect them.
          Be a voice of hope for such a time as this.
The basic needs of 6 million children are not being met. Homes are not always warm places.
          Be a voice of belief and deliverance for such a time as this.
1 of 5 adults struggle with mental illness. 7% of our population is depressed.
          How can we bring hope for such a time as this?
 

Do you have the boldness and courage to stand up and do something for what is not right?

~ Illiteracy~Extreme Poverty~Child Abuse & Neglect~Human Trafficking ~ ~ Mental Illness ~ Hopelessness ~

Were you born to make a difference for such a time as this?

How is God calling you to step up and bring hope to a dark and silent world?

Where is your voice uniquely needed?

How is God calling you for such a time as this?

How is God calling you to do something?

Click here to listen to the song Do Something by Matthew West and hear the story of one young woman who responded to the call to do something!

I woke up this morning
Saw a world full of trouble now
Thought, how’d we ever get so far down
How’s it ever gonna turn around
So I turned my eyes to Heaven
I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?”
Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of
People living in poverty
Children sold into slavery
The thought disgusted me
So, I shook my fist at Heaven
Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
He said, “I did, I created you”
From the song Do Something by Matthew West
 

God, as we look out into the world and see pain, suffering, injustice and hopelessness give us the courage to remember that You created us to do something. Help us to remember that you created us for such a time as this. Use us to bring your Light into the dark and silent places of our world. In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN.

To listen to this week’s sermon,  The Queen of Beauty and Courage, Sermon 3/4 in “U-Turn” The Story Mini-Series, click here! 

For Family Devotions related to this week’s message, click here!

For more information and additional resources for The Story at Faith UMC, click here!

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Spiritual Formation Director at Faith United Methodist Church in North Canton, Ohio
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