The Great Discovery
A Sermon by Pastor Idowu Iluyomade on Sunday, January 21, 2018
Esther 4:14…….and who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion? (Amp)
…...who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” (NLT)
As declared by the Lord, this is the year of ‘Fulfilment of Purpose in Destiny.’ It is therefore time for you to focus on what God wants to do in your life this year; click refresh; forget the problems and sorrows of the past and push forward towards the great and mighty things that God has in store for you this year (Philippians 3:13).
City of David is a Church of great achievers, doing great things for our God. In Nigeria also, most of our leaders are first generation great achievers from humble beginnings and many are the first in their families to reach their lofty heights. Indeed, we have a lot of grass to grace stories even in Church; God chooses the foolish things to confound the wise and the weak things to confound the mighty (1 Corinthians 1:26-29 [NIV]). God can lift you from the dunghill and make you dine with kings and princes (1st Samuel 2:8).
In Scriptures, Esther was a Jewish slave and orphan living in Persia with her uncle, Mordecai who was a guard at the king's palace. Then came a time when there was a beauty pageant, and Esther had the goal and ambition of contesting to become the queen with the replacement of the deposed Queen Vashti. With the encouragement from her uncle, she succeeded and became the queen – moving from a hut to the palace. This is a classic example of a grass to grace story – a slave girl becoming a queen. She must have felt joy unspeakable. Anyone seeing her then would have said she had fulfilled purpose and her life ambition, or like the local parlance "she has arrived." When you say someone has arrived, it means that person has reached the height of his or her profession, ambition or dream in terms of wealth, career, status, etc.
Esther must have felt fulfilled and satisfied with her status in life, but then suddenly, there arose a crisis in which all the Jews were about to be exterminated by their enemies. When her uncle requested that she should use her influence to help the Jews, Esther was reluctant at first, saying it was risky to approach the king without being summoned (Esther 4:11). Her uncle then replied saying: “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this? …and for this very occasion" (Esther 4:13-14 [NLT, AMP]). He was trying to let her know that even though she achieved her ambition of being made a queen, there was an eternal purpose, a God ordained destiny for her. Therefore, the eternal purpose to which she had been appointed a queen was for such occasion. It had been written in God's Book before she was born that she would end up being a queen – for a purpose. Esther did not know that God brought her into the kingdom so that she could be an instrument of deliverance to the Jews. For Esther, this was a great discovery, and if she had not yielded herself to be used, God's purpose would have come to pass through someone else, but she would have failed and would not receive a "Well done, though good and faithful servant" commendation. This is what God told the unprofitable servant that was given talents and did not utilise it in Matthew 25:21. You can only receive a "Well done" commendation from God if you discover and fulfil destiny – His eternal purpose for you, thus making your life profitable to God.
Your Life Must Be Profitable to God
In Scriptures, we see that Peter was a great achiever and a successful fisherman who had his own fishing vessels with a thriving fishing business. However, after his encounter with Jesus Christ, he discovered there was an eternal purpose for his life. God's eternal plan for him was to be a fisher of men and not a ‘fisher of fishes’ (Luke 5:10). If Peter did not do what God ordained for him to do, he would have failed. However, today, we see that many Churches are being built in his name. Indeed, Peter's life was profitable to God.
It is so important that you know the reason God has created you or blessed you (Deuteronomy 8:18). God has blessed you so that you can dispense good to others, and be a blessing to God and humanity (Genesis 12:2 amp). The rich fool in Luke 12:16-21 lost focus, and did not discover his destiny. He became self-centred and died an untimely death because his life was not profitable unto God (Luke 12:21). Is your life profitable to God? Are you using your time and talent for the Glory of God?
Proverbs 14:12 says "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Are you going God's way this year? Is what you are doing profiting God? God wants to tell you "Well done" not only when you get to Heaven but even here on Earth. God want to bless you now and in eternity (Mark 10:29-30). Don’t hold back or withhold good deed when it lies in your power to do good. As you align your works with God's eternal purpose for you, Heaven will open on your behalf because you are in the will and perfect plan of God for your life. My prayer is that as you walk with God, understand His plan for you, your life will be profitable to Him in Jesus Mighty Name.
In conclusion, do you know the plan of God for your life? This journey starts with an encounter with Jesus Christ. Have you surrendered your life to Him. He has written the script of your life and He will always be willing to guide you. If you are willing to repent of your sins, then pray this prayer right now: LORD Jesus, I come to You right now. I know I am a sinner, please forgive me my sins. With my mouth, I confess that Jesus, I accept You as the LORD of my life. Re-write the history of my life, do something new in my life, write my name in the Book of life, and let my life count in Jesus Mighty Name I pray.
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