We spent the evening in a Missions Training led by Mary Jean Powers from Get The Word Out. Fantastic time of study as a group, and we’re now burning the proverbial midnight oil on a study through verses in Scripture which outline God’s Global Cause.
Thinking about this idea of the Global Cause coupled with Leadership, one of these passages stood out to me.
“When Esther’s words were reported back 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 royal position for such a time as this?” — Esther 4:12-14
Esther is in the midst of a struggle. A struggle between her selfish ambitions (life) and the overall welfare of her people. Do I keep silent and live, or do I speak up and safe my own people?
Mordecai points out to Esther that the very reason that she is in a position of authority could very well be for this one decision.
For what one decision have you been placed in your position?
Perhaps we would all lead differently if we asked ourselves, “And who knows but that I have come to this position for such a time as this?”
As leaders we have to come to the realization that our every decision (both in our role as a leader as well as our non-leadership life) will impact those who follow us. If we defined our decisions in such a way as to understand that the Global Cause of God is to bring glory and honor to HIS NAME (IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU), then perhaps we would make different (BETTER) decisions.
Perhaps you are in the position you are in “for such a time as this.”