Esther was a woman whose life was interrupted. She was living with her cousin Mordecai, minding her own business, when she’s rounded up with other young virgins, sent to live in the citadel of Susa, and put under the care of a stranger. I wonder what she must have felt at that moment. She wasn’t asked if she wanted to go. She had no choice in the matter. Scripture doesn’t tell us what Esther felt at that time, but I think we can safely assume that this was not an expected direction for her life to take. How could an orphaned Jewish girl end up Queen of Persia?
I am reminded of other men and women of God who were living their lives and suddenly found themselves with a divine task. Their lives took on a new direction. Noah was asked to build an ark. Moses was called to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. And Mary was chosen to give birth to the Son of God.
When God taps you on the shoulder with a new direction for you, will you go? Will you see it as an inconvenient interruption, or will you choose to surrender and allow him to use you for a greater purpose?
I Corinthians 11:17-34
In this passage Paul admonishes the Corinthian church for their irreverence towards the things of God. In the early church, it was customary for them to have large feasts similar to our modern-day potlucks. These meals would conclude by partaking of the Lord’s Supper, or communion. For some of the poor among them, this would be the only hearty meal they had each week. Some of the people would push to the head of the line and take so much that there would not be enough food to go around. Others would drink until they were drunk. This was shameful behavior. They were glutenous and seeking after their own wants without concern for others. After this disgraceful display along with intoxication, would turn to take communion.
Communion is a holy moment and should be observed with reverence, keeping in mind the price Christ paid for our sins. To take this moment lightly is shameful and a blatant slap in the face of our Lord. Paul tells us that some are weak and ill because they took of communion in an unworthy manner.
As we take the elements, the bread and the cup, we are to pause and remember what Christ did for us. We are also to examine our own hearts and make sure our conduct is one of reverence. We should have a respect of the things of God, and the price Jesus paid for our sin.