Then Esther spoke again to the king, fell at his feet, wept and implored him to avert the evil scheme of Haman the Agagite and his plot which he had devised against the Jews. Esther 8:3 (NASB)
My son, Michael, had a favorite song when he was a preteen. He could be caught many times singing into a microphone, “All my people, all my people….” The song was by a Christian rapper and, let’s just say Michael’s career in rapping began and ended with “All My People.”
While I can still feel the slight irritation at those words that were repeated over and over throughout our home, I do still love the phrase, All MY People. Esther is a Queen who knows who HER people are. She sacrificed herself and her way of life to fight for her people. She openly and loudly implored the king to save her people. She wept for her people. There is no doubt after reading the entire book of Esther, this precious young woman deeply loved HER people, the Jews.
As I have reflected on this beautiful slice of history, I can’t help but wonder about this love that Esther had. It brings to mind that encouraging chapter in 1 Corinthians.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
1 Corinthians 13:3-7 (The Message)
This chapter was written to a group of people as well, the family of God. You see, the group of believers in Corinth were having difficulty getting along. They had forgotten that they should love “all their people.” So, in this chapter Paul encourages them with these words. He basically says, no matter what you do, love YOUR people.
We, in the family of God, could learn from the example of Esther. In this particular time in history there are many, many things to distract us from loving each other. Politics, societal issues, community values, reactions to life styles, and even movies have taken first place in our discourse and love for our fellow believers has been set aside. What if all of the believers in your own family of faith decided to care for each other like Esther cared for her people? What if in the family of God, we united in fighting for each other instead of fighting against each other? Esther’s fighting for “all her people,” had an amazing result.
“King Xerxes imposed tribute throughout the empire, to its distant shores. And all his acts of power and might, together with a full account of the greatness of Mordecai, whom the king had promoted, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Media and Persia? Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews.”
Remember, Mordecai was Esther’s cousin. Because of the commitment, she made to her people, her cousin now helped rule the land and he “worked for the good of his people.”
Wonder what would be the end of our story if we committed to all our people? Actually, Jesus tells us in John 17. In this chapter, we have the account of Jesus praying for His disciples and for those of us that will come in the future. He prays, “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” Wow, now that would be one amazing result, wouldn’t it? As we, members of the local and corporate family of God, love each other in unity, fight for each other, pray for each other and even weep for each other, the world will believe!!!
Will you join me in learning from the example of Esther? Will you consider committing to “ALL YOUR PEOPLE?” Will you love? Will you commit to unity? Will you decide that the world believing is the very most important issue we can discourse about?
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Dear Jesus, may I learn from the example of Esther. God, give me a heart for my people as she had. Lord, help me love all in the family of God. Lord, help me to accept, forgive, never give up, and love all my local family and the corporate family of God. Amen.
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