How do you prepare for “such a time as this”?

How do you prepare for “such a time as this”?

Purim, the Jewish holiday based on the Book of Esther, is extremely relevant to believers in Jesus today.

The story of Esther illustrates how daily decisions to honor God prepare people’s hearts to respond when something bigger, something out of the ordinary, comes along. For example, when Mordecai “happened” to hear people plotting against the king, he did the right thing because his godly character had been formed long before this incident. The same could be said of Esther when a series of strange circumstances put her in a place where doing the right thing meant risking her life. Her courage wasn’t formed in a vacuum.

Mostly God asks us to be faithful in little things

Mostly God asks us to be faithful in little things – especially in relationships. Small expressions of negativity can quickly add up and disrupt our relationships without us even realizing it. It takes vigilance in the small things to fulfill God’s plan for us: “To be the look on His face, the tone of His voice, and the touch of His hand. You are to represent His presence and His love. You are placed where you are to make His mercy and faithfulness visible and concrete.”1

That might sound awfully grandiose for us mere mortals, but we shouldn’t underestimate God’s promises or His power to change us and make us agents of change. He said He’s given us everything we need to live the life He’s called us to (2 Peter 1:2–9).

So what can we do to stay on track with being faithful in the little things?

While everyone knows how crucial time in prayer and the Bible are, a system that brings us back to God and His Word throughout the day can really help. While I’m not always successful, these steps often work for me:

  • Every morning, I ask God to help me welcome the conviction of the Holy Spirit as an enormous blessing and agent of His transforming power.
  • When angry or frustrated, I stop and get very real with myself about exactly what I want in that moment, and then
  • I ask God what He wants, both from me and for me in that moment, and finally,
  • I ask God to help me let go of what I want in order to make way for what He wants (which is always so much bigger and better than what I wanted!).

I’m not suggesting that you follow these particular steps, but if you aren’t already, it can really help to plan out your own personal daily steps. Steps to remind you that being faithful in little things makes God happy… and will prepare you for bigger things when it’s your turn “for such a time as this.”

Endnotes

1. Paul David Tripp, New Morning Mercies (Wheaton: Crossway, 2014), reading for November 10.

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Ruth Rosen | San Francisco

Newsletter Editor, Missionary

Ruth Rosen, daughter of Jews for Jesus founder Moishe Rosen, is a staff writer and editor with Jews for Jesus. Her parents raised her with a sense of Jewishness as well as "Jesusness." Ruth has a degree in biblical studies from Biola College in Southern California and has been part of our full-time staff since 1979. She's toured with Jewish gospel drama teams and participated in many outreaches. She wrote and/or edited quite a few of our evangelistic resources. She has also helped other Jewish believers in Jesus tell their stories. That includes her father, whose biography she authored in what she says was "one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life." For details, or to order your copy of Called to Controversy: the Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus, visit our online store. Ruth also edits the Jews for Jesus Newsletter for Christians to help those who want to pray for our ministry and our missionaries stay connected. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys her personal writing projects (fiction and non fiction) and hanging out with her dog, Carli Grace, whom she rescued. Ruth says, "Some people say that rescue dogs have issues, and that is probably true. If dogs could talk, they'd probably say that people have issues, and that is probably even more true. I'm glad that God is in the business of rescuing people, (and dogs) despite—or maybe because of—all our issues."

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