"For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"

—Esther 4:14 

Wicked Haman hatched a plan to annihilate the Jewish race.  But God had already strategically placed Esther in a place to foil Haman’s plot.  To go through it, she had to take a risk.  She had to approach her husband, the Persian King Ahasuerus.  The problem was that the custom of the land dictated that only those summoned by the king could approach.  Anyone coming uninvited could be executed.  Esther measured her options when her uncle Mordecai spoke a wise word regarding duty, the sovereignty of God, and opportunity.

The duty was to speak up.  After all, being Jewish herself, if Haman’s plan was not halted, she would likely die along with the rest of the Jews.

But since God is not paralyzed by any individual’s unwillingness to do the right thing, Mordecai told Esther (and subsequently us), that if Esther failed to do her duty, God would still accomplish His purposes.  He would raise up another if needed.

What an opportunity Esther had, the risk notwithstanding.

The same is true for us in ministry and in evangelism.  It is our duty to serve and to share our faith.  If we won’t, God will employ a different route.  Although we cannot thwart His plan by our failures to act, when we do not, we miss out on golden opportunities to be used by Him.

When it comes to serving or sharing our faith, “who knows whether we have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”