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The following is obvious in Esther 9:1-4–
- It was the day of battle, the 13th day of the 12th month. Haman meant it for the Jews’ destruction; Mordecai meant it for their active defense.
- The Jews’ enemies watched and maintained confidence that they would dominate the Jews.
- But before the battle began, it was already turned for Jews. The Jews would govern those who personally hated them.
- All those who did the king’s business helped the Jews because they feared Mordecai (v. 3).
What is not so obvious is what we learn about greatness from Mordecai. The reason Mordecai was feared was because he was great in the king’s house (v. 4). He was excellent in the king’s house. He was advanced in the king’s house. In less than one year, Mordecai experienced a dramatic promotion! Talk about a fast track! That his fame spread throughout all the provinces means that the people “heard intelligently” the reports of Mordecai. These were true reports as he became “more and more powerful” (AMP, v. 4).
Greatness inspires others to assist us and further our cause. But, kingdom queens, we have to show up. I suggest that there are certain luxuries that are no longer ours once God crosses us over into greatness.
- We do not have the luxury of feeding fellowship. This is the kind of fellowship that imparts and we leave a person’s presence “fed” and strengthened. It is rare for us. In fact, most people want something from us. And that is okay, because greatness is prepared to make deposits.
- We do not have the luxury of excuses. We use caution and wisdom and make no guarantees about what we can do. We count the cost before creating a snare. We know how to say no.
- We do not have the luxury of half-hearted commitment. We stand by our decisions, even if we make the wrong call.
- We do not have the luxury of being “off the wagon”. Greatness requires sobriety. We do not get to sit long with the captives by the river Chebar, Ezekiel. God takes us up…even when we experience the effects of what He used us to prophesy. We do not get to hide, and slip into a string of emotional decisions.
This is what it means to be great in the King’s house. Father, make us aware of this grace. Amen.
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