By Pamela Kichoncho- Katawonga
It’s been two months since our recent neoLeader conference and I still find myself drawn back to its theme and content; too often to disregard or escape.
The theme ‘For such a time as this’, is taken from the book of Esther.
Esther 4:14 Amplified Bible (AMP) says,
“For if you remain silent at this time, liberation and rescue will arise for the Jews from another place, and you and your father’s house will perish [since you did not help when you had the chance]. And who knows whether you have attained royalty for such a time as this [and for this very purpose]?”
As a new believer, the book of Esther intrigued me a lot and continues to offer life-long lessons today. Its appeal lies in the fact that the salvation of the Jewish people depended on a slave girl turned Queen. Thanks to divine destiny coupled with then Queen Vashti’s disobedience, humble Esther found herself Queen of all Persia.
In time, this granted Esther unprecedented access to influence the course of history — and led to the salvation of the Jews and an eternal note on both the Christian Church and World History.
I’m sure Esther had plenty on her plate in her new role as Queen, not to mention the pressure not to stumble as her predecessor Vashti which ultimately cost her her life. It was at this time that Haman hatched a plot that, if successful, would have killed all the Jews and wiped the nation of Israel out of existence.
However, Mordecai, Esther’s spiritual father and elder of the Jews came to know this plot and revealed it to Esther. Our verse shows that Mordecai’s didn’t mince words with Esther — telling her that if she does nothing, she and her family will perish. Talk about tough love. Esther had to choose and thankfully, she chose wisely. She set aside her royal privilege and at great risk to her life, she stepped up to the grander call at hand.
Esther’s concerns over losing her life were legitimate; in her day, people were killed for lesser acts but the realisation that her current placement was indeed for this unique purpose moved her to action. And so Esther remains to this day, a model of true Christian leadership which puts the needs of others above personal glory and reward.
It is undoubtedly a challenge for leaders to meet their organisations goals whilst managing our people, resources and personal goals. But as a Christian our accountability is primarily to God even though we mutually submit to one another. Psalms 139 reminds us of how purposefully and intimately God has fashioned us and placed us in this point in time.
I have found considerable comfort and rebuke in these verses amongst others. But I’m reminded of what Simon Smart said is a huge challenge for our Faith today. I paraphrase: The majority of Christians do not know and those that have a clue, share a vague understanding of what they’ve believed and cannot articulate the foundations of their Christian Faith.
This ought not be the case in our generation. God has called us to live from glory to glory (2 Cor 3:18) and therefore we can not be regressing in our Faith but growing. Paul writes to believers to take stock of their Faith (2Cor 13:5),
“Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realise this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!”
neoLeader is for me a timely and much needed resource for the body of Christ. Like Mordecai to Esther, it offers sage knowledge and wisdom to young leaders who usually get the most challenging demographics to shepherd.
Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
And Isaiah 5:13, “Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.”
These verses admonish the believer about the lack of knowledge and the resulting consequences of ignorance. Let us embrace the pursuit of the knowledge of our God, that we may worship Him In Spirit and Truth. And as a result of our personal experiences and revelation of Him, draw all creation to Him, through our words and deeds bringing all to obedience in Christ.
neoLeaders’ vision is to equip and empower Christian leader’s to be better prepared for the mission field wherever that finds you, whether at the pulpit, marketplace or home.
I love the movie Dr. Strange from Marvel movies. It tells the story of a highly successful but terribly arrogant Surgeon, Dr. Steven Strange, who loses the use of his hands thanks to an car accident. Driven to desperation he searches the world looking for a cure and discovers a world of Sorcerors and magic. One of my favorite scenes is when the Ancient One informs Strange that the world would be worse off if his hands were restored and he were to continue practicing medicine. What’s up with that?! (You can check it out here)
The Ancient One shows Strange that the path of selfless service to others is the greater one and that there is a much bigger story at play than his selfish ambitions. Like Dr. Strange, I’m reminded, it’s not about me, myself and I. We are all as living stones in the temple of God, each with a part to play in God’s bigger story. 1 Corinthians 3:9 shows us that we are co-workers in God’s service attending to His fields and His building. And we must do so with an excellent spirit, causing attracting no reproach.
Acts 17:26-28 (AMP),
“And He made from one [common origin, one source, one blood] all nations of men to settle on the face of the earth, having definitely determined [their] allotted periods of time and the fixed boundaries of their habitation (their settlements, lands, and abodes), So that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after Him and find Him, although He is not far from each one of us. For in Him we live and move and have our being; as even some of your [own] poets have said, For we are also His offspring.”
Wherever you are right now is where the Lord has positioned you to minister to Him and His people in this season. My prayer is that we all take stock of and appreciate our placements, whether as Janitor, Pastor, President or CEO; we are here for such a time as this to be an expression of God’s life and light to all we encounter.
May we all, by His Grace, be found to be excellent and faithful stewards of what God has entrusted to us today, as part of the body of Christ. And as we end the year, let us with thanksgiving, rejoice for the author and finisher of our Faith is sure to perfect all concerning us according to His Will and good pleasure.
For He has called and position you and me here now for His glory. As the psalmist says (Psalm 23), He leads us in the paths of righteousness for His names sake and even though you go through the valley of the shadow of death, He is with us always…and with Him nothing is Impossible.
As a reflection, What or how are you preparing yourself for His mandate upon your life wherever you are?
And may I also recommend a good read to spur you on, The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn.
Shalom and blessings abound.