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Esther 4:14 and Acts 13:36

“And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14b

For David, after he had served God’s will and purpose and counsel in his own generation, fell asleep and was buried among his forefathers…” Acts 13:36a Amplified

Several years ago, I came across this passage in Acts and it literally riveted me. I began to ask myself, “Have you served God’s purpose for your generation?” “What will you say on that day when you fall asleep and find yourself in front of His throne?”

That simple statement and it’s implied questions have become my motto, my creed, my dearest wish. Like you, I know that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I know that God created me to love, honor and serve Him. I know that He fashioned me for a specific purpose – if not many purposes. There is a purpose to my life. And in that purpose, in finding that life’s call, I will find the ultimate gift of praise and thanksgiving for my Creator.

starbirthCountless times, I have used this statement to evaluate what I’m doing with my life. Am I serving the Lord in the fullness of His plan? Am I serving my generation? What of my three sons and their generation? Am I serving them with my life, my words, and actions? On the left is the picture of the birth of a star. Can you see the amazing brilliance? But look closely, do you see all of the particles that are thrown off from that one star? That’s what our lives are all about. As individuals we do affect those around us… at home, in the office, in the supermarket, at church, even on the highway.

Each one of us has been born for such a time as this. Each of us has a mission in the mind of God. Have you faced your moment of decision, of sacrifice, of a lifetime choice? Do you remember what Esther replied?

“I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” Esther 4:15b

I pray all of us find the courage to say “I will go…” whether it’s to the nations, to the neighbor, to the orphanage, to the prison, to the hospital… but to and for our generation… no matter the cost.