CSR Devotional 2021

May 14

14And if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish.  And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”  (Esther 4:14)

Happy Friday Friends!  If you joined us yesterday, you might think you are experiencing deja vu, or that I made a mistake, since I quoted the above verses two days in a row now.  But this was no mistake, because this verse is a verse that needs to be sipped on like a fine wine. So I wanted to spend some extra time today discussing what it means that you have the position in your life right now for such a time as this.

Some logical thinkers may point to the obvious:  of course we are made for the exact moment we live in.  Everything we have done, everything we have experienced has formed us into the people we are in our current point in history.  But do you have the insight to realize that each breath you take is a gift from God for you to use your talents, your wisdom, your knowledge and experience to make the world a better place?  Are you cognizant of your purpose here on Earth?  Do you take every second in your day to optimize your influence and your reach to those around you?

To be honest, I surely don’t.  Some days are better than others.  Yesterday was a good day.  It was a beautiful day.  God has blessed us with one more cold front and southeast Georgia had a morning in the high 50’s in mid-May.  It was simply a perfect day.  Because God gifted me with such a perfect day, I gave the day back to God.

I read the Bible in the morning.  I sat down and put some thoughts for the world to read on this blog.  I went to volunteer for just an hour at a magnificent place that consistently feeds the hungry in my community (www.packsavannah.com).  I picked up my son after school and we went to the park for another hour.  We came home and played even more.  Then our whole family attended our daughter’s first drama performance at her elementary school.  As a parent, it is easy to stand in our purpose.  Your purpose as a parent is to pour into your children.  It is to shape them into better human beings.  Your job is to shape a future generation.  Every opportunity you have with them is an absolute blessing.  As a parent, you were given that position of authority for such a time as this.

But even if you do not have children, you have been created for such a time as the one you are in now.  Even if you are simply an entry level employee at a new job, you have been placed there for a reason.  God has placed you there for a purpose.  And our purpose is to make this world a better place.  It is to stand for the oppressed, to lift up those in need, to love on all people.  To live like Christ each and everyday.  That is your purpose in life.

I want to share two things with you today.  I mentioned Ms. Ellie Holcomb’s amazing new single yesterday, but as I spent some more time enjoying this track, I have to share it with y’all, because I don’t want you to miss it.

And below is a conversation you also can not miss.  Pastor Steven Furtick sat down with the great Bishop TD Jakes and they discussed his latest book, as well as hundreds of other brilliant pieces of insight.  Here are two giants fully aware of their purpose in this world, desperately fighting to bring change and an accurate portrayal of Christ to this lost generation. Just like the verse above says, “If YOU remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance” will emerge from someone else. Don’t waste the God-given talent you have been blessed with. Use that talent to give your life back to God.

Reading plan:  Acts 14

Deeper reading plan:  Esther 3, 4


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