January 26, 2013 by Chris French
Do you remember Esther’s story? Thru a crazy turn of events Haddessah, a young Jewish girl, becomes the Queen of Persia. A man named Haman is personally offended by a Jew named Mordecai so Haman makes it his goal to destroy Mordecai’s entire race. Totally not an overreaction, right? What Haman doesn’t know is that when Haddessah’s parents died her uncle Mordecai raised her. So when Mordecai gets wind of Haman’s plot he tells Esther to do something, anything! She is afraid and shies away, but Mordecai tells her, among other things, that she might be Queen for a reason. Maybe God has put her in this position so she can make a difference.
What does that have to do with making everyone around you holy? If you set this as your goal it will be frustrating, but it’s very likely that you’re in the position you’re in because God thought you could make a difference. Are you surrounded by Christians who are struggling with sexual sin? It could be that God has placed you there because He’s equipped you with a special skill set to deal with them. Could a crazy turn of events that surrounded you with lazy Christians be the work of God? Could He have been preparing your heart to snatch them from the fire (Jude 1.23) over the last months and years? Does God see that far? Does He care that much?
Take a moment to look around your life. Are there people who you’re close to that aren’t holy? Does it frustrate you? You may be close to your breaking point with them so let me tell you the rest of what Mordecai told Esther.
“Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
If you’re feeling frustrated and you’re ready to quit remember what Mordecai said. You can quit. God will let you walk away from people who are hurting you…but then if God does use you to bring those people to Himself you won’t have played a part in it. I’m not saying that you should stay around unrighteous people until they drag you down with them. Don’t let that happen. Surround yourself with people who purify you and encourage you toward righteousness. If you want more advice on how to keep out of the spiritual quicksand your friends may be pulling you toward read this article: How to Fireproof Your Relationships. It might help.
What I’m trying to say in this post is that God uses me to bring people to Himself. I’m not the one who makes them holy. God does that. My part is to use the special skills and my past to help the people He’s put me around find Him. I’ll take some hits as I do that, but if God does bring them back to Him I want to help.
Every day this week you’ll find a new post on what you can do to make everyone around you holy. That being said I also need to say that you can’t change people. You’ve heard the old saying, “You can drag a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” These posts will be the dragging to water part. It’ll be up to that person to become holy. Let God take care of that. There are plenty of things I can do to make the people around me holy. Here are the actions I can take that we’ll talk about this week that will help make the people around me holy:
Monday – Let them see God work
Tuesday – Hurting them is shepherding them
Wednesday – Insulating yourself
Thursday – A Radical Life
Friday – A Reminder
Saturday – An Impossible Dream