Then Mordecai told them to return this answer to Esther, Do not flatter yourself that you shall escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews.
For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance shall arise for the Jews from elsewhere, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows that but you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion?
Do you flatter yourself?
Before you answer this question let me take you through the story. Or better still, pick up the Bible and remind yourself how the Esther Saga unfolds, the lesson will stick better that way. But for the sake of contextualization, there was a decree that all Jews be exterminated (Israel really has been through a LOT) because of an evil man by the name of Haman. He was a man, I think, with self esteem issues. He got pist off that Mordecai, a Jew and Esther’s adoptive father, would not bow down to him as was law.
So Mordecai appeals to Queen Esther to save her fellow Jews and she gives this whole excuse about how no one can go before the king, called Ahasuerus of Persia, without being summoned for they will be put to death. Very sad and true. But one thing, as her uncle reminded her, she would still DIE if she did not do anything about it.
What slaps me in the face is that Mordecai pointed out that if she did not intervene for her people, someone else would rise up to do it. I really doubt that Esther would have been a book in the Old Testament if she had not sucked it up, prayed, fasted and found a way round the law to save her people. She would have been summarized into a paragraph and another hero would have been written about and their quest to save the Jews would have been documented in the remaining chapters.
Another thing is that Mordecai knew that God was not a God of coincidences. ‘We shall all be slain! Aaah! But wait, what is this? A Jewish queen? Cool!’ Ya…. No. There was a reason why Esther was chosen- never mind that she was the hottest woman in the Persian empire running from India to Ethiopia.
Point: Ladies. If you are hot, and men have trouble keeping their eyes off you, make good use of that beauty. Better still allow God to use it for His glory. No one will care if you are hot in hell (pan intended).
Moving on. Now, back to the question: Do you flatter yourself?
If you are making excuses as to why you cannot help people when it is so clear that God has promoted you to a place of power then you are ailed. I strongly feel that this is not limited to power. If you became a Christian and your non-Christian friends have not joined you into freedom, what are you doing with your new status to save them? You got a well paying job, what are you doing to lift others up? You have overcome various challenges that others are encountering, what are you doing to encourage them? Are you offering them good counsel?
I could go on. So please, let us not flatter ourselves. Though your life may not be at risk, do not let the opportunity to be used by God pass you by. He will find someone else to lift and share His glory with. We should not let him use us for the fame, but you will be an irrelevant Christian, that I promise, if you do not let God use the position He has put you in to help others.