it is a short order to disobey a law with evil plans. once the thought that we as individuals gather in glory over another for our own sake we commit the ultimate crime against humanity. for us to assume that we are greater than another because of who we are as a person, is to put ones self above the rest because in our own minds we are special. for any of us to feel superior to any other because of what we have accomplished brings conceit and disrespect, two of satan's twisted lies that he uses to convince us that we are too good to love others, and that we must pity them instead. I remember times when I would help the needy giving kudos to myself for this great thing that I had done hoping it would bring me rewards from our Father in Heaven. thinking to myself here I am a worthy man who has been given plenty taking some of my precious and important time to extend a blessing for someone whom I normally wouldn't even stoop to converse with. look at me Lord! my motive was always to better my own standing in our Father's eye. even though my actions where of noble mind my reasons were not. therefore even thinking that what I was doing was done in God's name was just another lie. what I was doing was being done in my own name. something that I had done to better myself and not to increase God's glory. looking back I have to thank God for giving me this insight or perhaps I may have been one of those that would be saying to Him "look at me Lord and all these wonderful things I have done for you." of course I now know His response to me would have been, "who are you?" in my readings the last few days I have been drawn to the book of Esther. I wasn't sure why I had to read this book. I read through it and could find nothing in the extraordinaire that had not already been preached to me. assuming that my Esther reading was over and my lesson already had been taught I was ready to move onto another book to read. what would I read I wondered? yet another reading of Esther was planted in my brain, so another reading came. I had always been told how great was this Esther and how great was her uncle Mordecai and how they had saved the Jews during the reign of King Xerxes. seems the two of them had conceived a plan to convince the king to be irked by his noble man Haman instead of Mordecai. therefore saving the Jews from the sure death that the king had previously decreed. when reading the story you can't help but believe that if evil hadn't puffed up the noble mans own opinion of himself that perhaps the outcome would have been different. I mean how much glory does one need to draw to ones self, even if just one man isn't impressed than off with his head? how wicked are we? but what really stood out to me during my second reading wasn't any particular action by Esther or even Mordecai for that matter. what stood out to me is something that Jesus tries to teach us when He came many years later. something that Esther and Mordecai had taken for granted. as it is written "the work of God is this, to believe in the one He has sent." in another word, keep the faith. in reading this book a second time, this was the lessoned learned for me. the truth is, it was because Mordecai and Esther had such a strong belief that God would never allow the wicked Haman to carry out his evil plan that moved them into action. this is what James tries to teach us when he is telling us that faith without actions is no faith at all. James isn't telling us that if we believe in God we must carry out charity in our own name by lowering our self to the level of servant for others for our own reward. he is telling us when problems present themselves to us to believe that our Lord will survive us, and through our prayers He will come to our rescue and move us to action. thus building up our faith and also our relationship with Him, allowing us to get to know Him in the process. so when He comes to redeem all of those who follow Him during the times of the end, He won't look at us and ask, "who are you?" Esther 4: 12 When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, 13 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. 14 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 your royal position for such a time as this?” our time has come, Praise God, be a blessing, bubba
Amen brother . . . truth in its simplest terms. Terms even I can understand. Thank you for this.