Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: Esther 1-2; Acts 5:1-21
21 At that time, as Mordecai continued to work at the King’s Gate, two royal eunuchs, Bigthan and Teresh, became angry with King Ahasuerus. They were among the guards protecting the doorway to the king, but they secretly planned to kill him. 22 When Mordecai got wind of it, he reported it to Queen Esther. She spoke to the king about it, saying the information came from Mordecai. 23 The matter was investigated and found to be true, so the two men were impaled on pointed poles. A report about the event was written in the royal record with the king present. (Esther 2:21-23, Common English Bible).
Over the past month, I have said a great deal here, relatively, about the tragedy at Santa Fe High School. My heart is still heavy due to what happened there. Having been a pastor in that community, having baptized one of the victims and playing a part in his memorial service it hit very close to home. It was so tragic and so needless. I hope, I pray, that the young man responsible will one day come to repent of his senseless actions.
It is to bad that there was not a Mordecai present. Don’t get me wrong, I am not blaming anyone, or saying someone knew what was going to happen and did nothing to stop it. That is far from the case. I sincerely doubt any of the young man’s classmates had any indication of what would happen that Friday morning.
In truth, not many of us get the opportunity to be Mordecai. Not many of us know of the plans of a would-be killer before those plans get carried out. We never get the chance to report things to the Queen Esther around us so the plans might be thwarted before they ever actually happen.
But, what if the killer was us? “Oh, Pastor, I have never killed anyone. No, I haven’t. I wouldn’t.” I know you haven’t. I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t. This is a hypothetical question. I haven’t killed anyone either. Or, have I?
If I am being honest with you, and even more so with myself, I can and sometimes do kill the spirit of someone around me when I say or when I do something that attacks their heart or attacks their soul. I can kill someone’s soul when I spread rumors about someone or, just as bad when I allow them to move through my little corner of the world unchecked.
I know, without a doubt, I have done just that. I know I have done it more than once. There was someone there, at least one someone, who could have, who should have, played the role of Mordechai, to me, being the guards in the story. Let me repent of my actions as one of the guards.
Yes, I do repent of my being one or both of the guards in the lesson. I have faith, help my unfaithfulness. Help me repent of being a guard but more importantly help me to remember that I am called to serve, not to gossip. I am called to build up, not to be one who kills the spirit.
If you are honest, with others and yourself, you probably have been one who kills others in the ways I have mentioned and in ways, I don’t even know. We aren’t authorized to use the spirit as a weapon. We aren’t authorized to share the heartache of someone else. We aren’t called to share with others what God has done in their lives. We all have a call.
What’s your call,
Have a great day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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