Whatever a man sows is primarily for himself.
The primary recipient of what a man sows is the man himself.
Although people who may be close to him may suffer for his wrong, yet the primary reaper is the sower.
From the verse stated above, it is clear that every sower needs mercy to reap, or else he would lose both the seed and the harvest.
Even when what is sown would have yielded elevation, if the mercy of God is not shown to the man, his harvest will be frustrated.
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It is the mercy that is shown to a man that shows the man to the world.
Mordecai, a cousin brother of Esther took the responsibility of bringing her up unto adulthood, after the death of her parents.
He took the responsibility of raising her up in the way of the Lord and at the end of it all he became a legend in the place of leadership even in that foreign land.
Little did he know what he would become in that strange land, but his devotion and commitment to God, which he transmitted to Esther, earned him a lot.
His discipleship over the life of Esther brought a great turn-around both for him, Esther herself and the entire tribe of Israel in that period of time.
His faithfulness to this initial responsibility earned him a place in the entire kingdom of Persia.
You can observe how the Holy Spirit inspired the writer of the Book of Esther to trace part of the genealogy of this man.
He was so important, with serious positive impact that his lineage was traced.
This would make one to understand that this man had Shimei as an ancestor.
This Shimei, a Benjamite and a kinsman of Saul, who followed after King David with cursing on the day of his (David’s) departure from Jerusalem as a result of Absalom’s conspiracy, had a descendant (by name Mordecai) who had the fear of the Lord.
Although what Shimei did was a grave offence to the then king of Israel, apart from the earlier disappointment of Saul when he was on the throne as king of Israel, Mordecai was still able to rise unto an exalted position in his days.
What those his ancestors did could not stop him from becoming what God wanted him to become, as he followed God with obedience and the fear of the Lord.
May you be another Mordecai in your family in Jesus’ Name!
As you do this, I assure you that what limited them will not limit you.
What stopped them at the point where they stopped in life and destiny will not stop you.
To God be the glory!
Mordecai, who brought up Esther to the point when she became the queen of that land, was a keeper of the gate.
He had no very big title or post in that land, but he was a great man before the Lord.
His great service to God in bringing up Esther was undeniable.
He was great even at the gate.
Can you pick challenge from Mordecai?
Are you the type of person waiting to do great things and raise great people only when you have already ascended to a great height?
Then learn something from Mordecai.
In the course of her stay in custody of Hegai the king’s chamberlain, Mordecai was daily visiting the court of the women in order to know about the welfare of Esther.
He was not only a discipler and mentor, but a caring man.
He didn’t only care for the wellbeing of Esther at home, but he was also concerned about her when she was away from home.
He was so concerned to see how Esther would look like while she was away from home.
He was not only praying for her wellbeing, but was also having a closer look after her as much as he could.
He was so careful and meticulous in his assignment over the life of this young lady, Esther.
In fact, Esther became her project, until she was projected as the queen of the land.
He was very thorough about Esther as he foresaw her great destiny.
He also instructed (charged) Esther not to reveal her nationality.
He knew what it could cause against Esther’s elevation.
He was a man of wisdom.
He was not too careless in handling the matter of Esther’s elevation.
He knew that wisdom is profitable to direct (Ecclesiastes 10:10).
He was not only a discipler or mentor to Esther, but he was an instructor and director to her.
He was not going to allow her to mess up the plan of God for her life through carelessness and youthful exuberance, but he was prepared to follow her up to the core.
He was so particular about Esther to the point that he was willing to give her all the necessary training and instructions required for her upbringing.
He was not too ‘general’ about Esther, but he was so peculiar and specific about her.
He was silent, but thorough and meticulous.
Esther’s affairs became his matter of concern on a daily basis.
What a wonderful leader, mentor and discipler!
How do you handle those that are graciously handed over to your care as a servant of God?
Take challenge from Mordecai.
Are you not the kind of leader that is caring only to those who you know that they can also take care of your affairs?
Are you not too particular and caring only to the well-to-do members of your church?
Take challenge from the life of Mordecai.
At the end of all these, Esther became the wife of King Ahasuerus.
She became the first lady of the land and a major national figure in the history of that kingdom.
However, remember that Mordecai who brought her up was still a keeper of the king’s gate.
He never wrote any application for another post in the land.
He was still doing her job, while his disciple was already the first female figure in the land.
His greatness was secretly transmitted into the palace through Esther.
May you become another Mordecai for someone to the glory of the Lord!