“…Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14 NKJV
The book of Esther was not really a “love story.” Rather, the focus was on the love God has for His people which He showed by putting Esther in the position to save God’s people from annihilation.
Due to the effect power has on people, a lot of people shy away from positions of leadership and platforms for influence. Rather than avoiding positions of leadership and influence, believers are encouraged to embrace them. Such positions should also be seen as an avenue to influence systems and culture for the sake of the gospel.
However, it is true that positions of authority and influence test people’s true character. This should not be an issue for believers as we are put in such positions by God to be His representatives. The anchor scripture shows that positions of authority and influence aren’t for us to enrich our pockets and to lord over others. Rather, you should see it as an opportunity to serve.
To represent God, we must be a people of integrity. Integrity means staying true to what is right, even when no one is watching you. Daniel was such a man of integrity that they couldn’t find a complaint or fault to trap him.
However, when they observed Daniel’s unswerving dedication to God, all they could do was manipulate circumstances to make Daniel appear disloyal to the king. They decided to trap him with his consecration to God (Daniel 6:4-9). This did not deter Daniel from staying true to his identity and what he really stood for. This must be our lifestyle.
Another trait of a believer in a position of power and influence is dedication. This is evident in the life of Joseph. From the time he found himself in the house of Potiphar and was put in charge of the household, to the prison and then the palace, Joseph maintained a culture of dedication. (Genesis 39:4-5, 40:4, 41:41)
As believers, we must consider every opportunity, position and platform as an avenue to serve the Lord. This is because we have been called to represent Him to our world (2 Corinthians 5:19-20). We must not let the platforms get into our heads and begin to think highly of ourselves. Don’t forget that we have been called to live a selfless life and that we have been called to serve others.
We must, therefore, not misuse every platform that we have. God must be seen through you, and lives should be touched and changed for good because you had an opportunity to lead them in the secular world.
SAY THIS: I don’t think highly of myself. I prefer others to myself. By the wisdom of the Spirit, I do not misuse any platforms and positions that the Lord blesses me with, rather I use it to serve Him, His church and people. I live a selfless life unto the glory of God!
Bible Reading Plan: Isaiah 64-66