Do you ever feel discouraged because the work that the Lord has called you to do is not necessarily something that commands the attention of the world? Take heart! Your calling may not be as noteworthy or famous as that of Gideon or Ruth or Daniel or Peter, but it is still an important factor in the Lord’s chain of events that serve His purposes and fulfill His will. You may or may not be called a pastor or a missionary or public figure; but even if you are not – even if you are a mother in a humble cottage, or a child doing your school-lessons, or a manual laborer in an unpretentious occupation – you are still working for the Lord in useful service for His glory! Consider these words that have been adapted from the writings of the beloved pastor from the late 1800s, J. R. Miller:
“Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him a message unto Mordecai” (Esther 4:10).
“We are frequently inclined to overlook the minor actors in Scripture stories, in our absorbed interest in the prominent ones. Yet oftentimes, these lesser people are just as important in their own place; and their service is just as essential to the final success of the whole, as that of the greater ones. The little girl in the story of Naaman is scarcely seen in the splendors of the Syrian court; but without her part, we would never have had the story at all. The lad with the basket is hardly thought of when we read the account of the miracle in the Gospels, but they were his loaves with which the Master fed all those hungry thousands that day on the green grass. The smallest links in a chain are often quite as important as the greatest links.
“Hatach was one of these obscure characters. But his part was by no means unimportant. If he had been a different sort of a man, Mordecai’s communication with Esther would have been impossible. He was a trustworthy messenger. If we cannot do brave things like Esther, nor give wise counsels like Mordecai; we may at least be useful, as Hatach was, in faithful service. And perhaps our lowly part may some day prove to have been as essential as the great deeds which all men praise. We may at least help some others in doing the great things that they are meant to do in this world!”
God bless you and your family, this day and always, as you labor faithfully in whatever work of service He has called you to do for His name’s sake!
All for our King’s glory,
illustration: Esther before Ahasuerus