“Remember Who You Are”
Comfortable – free from stress or fear. Relaxed and free from constraint.
When it comes to discussing our walk with Christ the word “comfortable” in my opinion should not belong in our vocabulary. See when we get comfortable we also get lazy, when we get lazy we forget our purpose, when we forget our purpose we ignore our calling.
Before God called me to minister to students at Central Baptist in Newport, before He called me to Jackson County, before He called me to back home to Arkansas, before He called me to vocational student ministry 13 years ago, He called me to make disciples.
Before anything God has called you to a position He has placed you in, God has called you to love Him and serve Him by sharing the Gospel with those near and far and to intentionally make disciples.
I think sometimes through the chaos, mostly self inflicted, of the world that we tend to forget our original calling. It’s really simple.
Love God. Live in Community. Serve Others.
But because we are human and because we live in a promotion focused world, we spend the majority of our time working to get to the top, once we get to the top, the coveted position of importance, we begin to get comfortable which results into neglecting our calling.
“Hathach came back and related Mordecai’s words to Esther. Then Esther spoke to Hathach and ordered him to reply to Mordecai: “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that for any man or woman who comes to the king to the inner court who is not summoned, he has but one law, that he be put to death, unless the king holds out to him the golden scepter so that he may live. And I have not been summoned to come to the king for these thirty days.” They related Esther’s words to Mordecai. Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?””
The story of Esther is one of an orphan girl becoming queen, with the ultimate calling to save her people. Through a divine turn of events we see the story unfold and how everything was placed strategically where it was to be so when the time came for Esther to step up she would not fail. However we see in the middle of the story Esther becomes comfortable.
To go from an orphan to a queen and have whatever you want at your disposal why would she want to risk it? She knows if she goes to the king without being invited the most likely outcome will be her death. And then Mordecai reminds Esther of who she is and then Esther fulfills what she was called to do.
She could have taken the easy way out, she had it made as queen. Sometimes we find ourselves working so hard and getting to the top and when we get there we get comfortable which results in us getting lazy. Then we eventually forget why we even headed in the directions we went to begin with.
God has given all of us specific individual callings that He will equip us in achieving. But first and foremost we are called to love God and make disciples. Don’t let your position or your level of importance cause you to become so comfortable that you lose sight of the main thing.
I like to call this the “Mordecai Moment” God placed Mordecai there to remind Esther of who she was and her purpose.
So I leave you with this.
“Are you comfortable? Do you not think that God has placed you exactly where you are when you need to be there? Ate the end of the day regardless of your position, you are a disciple, so begin to disciple.”