During World War II, I chose to enter the U.S. military service, even though I had recently been married. I had no illusion that my efforts would make the difference between winning or losing the war. Yet I wanted to answer the call because He had a special place for me.
In today’s Bible reading, Mordecai urged his cousin Esther to user her position as queen of Persia to save her people, the Jews, from being destroyed. When Esther expressed reluctance to risk her life, he reminded her that God would work out His purpose either with or without her help. However, she would be the loser if she failed to fulfill the very purpose for which she had been placed in her position as queen of Persia. Thus challenged, Esther made the courageous decision to do her part (Esther 4:16).
Not one of us is so important that we individually will spell the difference between the success or failure of God’s program for the church. In fact, few of us are so essential in our local church that our lack of involvement would close its doors. But we must never use this as an excuse for selfishness, laziness, or fearfulness. These sinful attitudes will rob us of the joy of fulfilling God’s special purpose for us in His service. The Lord can accomplish His work without our help, but we will miss God-given opportunities of a lifetime. And that makes doing our part truly worthwhile. – Herbert Vander Lugt
It matters not what others do,
It is my task to see
My life is patterned in the mold
That Lord has planned for me. – Anon.
The church is like a bank – what you put into it causes your interest to grow.
– June 22, 1986, Our Daily Bread