Winners and Losers

Regardless of their new-found wealth, the girls still go through challenges, heart-break and pain.

Esther 9:1-32

Reference: v.4 Mordecai by now was a power in the palace. As Mordecai became more and more powerful, his reputation had grown in all the provinces. (The Message Bible)

Explore: There’s a new show on Australian TV called Winners and Losers.  It’s about four friends in their twenties who win the lottery and suddenly become millionaires.  Regardless of their new-found wealth, the girls still go through challenges, heart-break and pain.  I heard a Christian pop culture commentator say that it doesn’t matter how much money you have, it’s what you do with it that really makes a difference.

Application: I believe the same could be said for power.  We all have certain levels of power.  Whether we have power over a younger sibling or we have the power to run a multi-million dollar corporation, we still hold the responsibility for how we use or abuse that power.  The importance is not the amount of power we feel that we have, but what we do with it, that can really make the difference.  Esther’s relative, Mordecai, went from being a nobody, to one of the most powerful people in the nation.  In both situations he used his position of power with integrity.  Even when he was a, ‘nobody,’ he helped lead Esther to stand up for her people.  We all have a certain amount of power, it’s what we do with it that makes a difference.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for blessing us with the authority to make a difference.  May we use all the resources that you have given us to bring you and your kingdom glory. Amen.

What level of power would you say that you have? Are you making a positive difference with it?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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