Esther was queen when her people were threatened of being murdered. Her relative, Mordecai, wanted her to realize that she wasn’t in the kingdom by accident or just to be queen.
Look at what he says to her, “For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)
Who knows whether you have been sent for such a time as this. And we ﬁnd out as her story ends, that no doubt God had sent her to the kingdom for such a crucial time.
God also sent Jonah to a city called Nineveh. Sometimes we aren’t thrilled about the places God sends us. In fact, that’s exactly how Jonah ended up in the belly of a big fish.
This story still stumps me. This guy refused to go where God was sending him. God was so interested in sending Jonah to Nineveh that even after the big fish incident, God sent him again.
“Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, ‘Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.’”
Go to that city for a speciﬁc purpose. That’s what God was telling him.
Throughout the ﬁrst century, we see Paul and others consistently being sent to speciﬁc places by God to accomplish speciﬁc things. These aren’t the only people the Bible mentions as begin sent by God. Here’s the big one:
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might received adoption as sons.”
Jesus was also sent by God at a speciﬁc time to a speciﬁc place for a speciﬁc purpose. But the sending doesn’t end there. Jesus offers up to God a prayer for his disciples in John
“As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.”
So… God sends us Missionally
Where do you work, live and play? Can I ask you to do something? Look at it as your mission field. God does! If God is Soveriegn (and He is)? Where you live work and play is not a surprise to a Sovereign God. He saw it coming before the foundation of the world.
As His child He has called and placed us in strategic places for His purposes. Even the passions we have (the things we really enjoy doing) He knows and wants to use for His glory.
It can be as simple as inviting someone to church.
It can move to a conversation about life and then Jesus.
When we LIVE SENT to invite that neighbor to a worship service three things happen:
- It stretches your faith;
- It gives God’s Spirit a chance to work.
- It gives a friend the opportunity to make a life changing and transforming decision.
Remember, this isn’t about you, but about the Spirit’s power. Who knows what might happen if you give Him the chance?
Can you imagine what your church might look like if everyone did this on a regular basis? What if each of us reached just one other person this week? Month? Year? There would be thousands of changed lives. And isn’t that something you’d like to be a part of?