“Called…to Stand Up”

On Sept. 29, Pastor Jim preaches on Esther 4:9-14.

9 Hathach went and told Esther what Mordecai had said. 10 Then Esther spoke to Hathach and gave him a message for Mordecai, saying, 11 “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that if any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without being called, there is but one law—all alike are to be put to death. Only if the king holds out the golden scepter to someone, may that person live. I myself have not been called to come in to the king for thirty days.” 12 When they told Mordecai what Esther had said, 13 Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. 14 For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father’s family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.”

Esther is a unique Bible book. God is never mentioned. However, it’s clear that God is moving behind the scenes to call and inspire the characters in the story.

Speaking for myself, I’ve never seen God, but I have seen God at work in you and others. God is a frequent visitor of Oak Hill UMC. God is out in our community where our ministry happens among our neighbors: the homeless, the wealthy, the lonely, and the lost.

That same God is calling us to stand up and be counted. We’ll think together about that this coming Sunday.