Text: Esther 2:21-23; 6:1-10
“For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”
Hebrews 6:10 NKJV
In 2 Chronicles 16:9, which was our memory text of yesterday, we saw that loyalty can never go unrewarded, because God’s eyes move to and fro the earth to personally identify and reward loyal people.
Today, let’s discuss the loyalty of Mordecai. He was the uncle and adoptive father of queen Esther and also a gatekeeper at king Ahasuerus’ palace. One day, while he sat at the gate, he overheard two of the king’s security men plotting the king’s assassination. Mordecai immediately reported the case to the king through queen Esther and the plot was foiled and the king’s life was preserved. He proved the courage of loyalty. Imagine, the contempt which he would have received from some of his colleagues for revealing this secret. Even among the palace staff, Modecai would have received stern rejection and regarded as a traitor. If it was in our days, some of his friends or family members would have warned him against that decision with this Yoruba proverb, “Even if you’ve been sent on an errand as a slave, endeavor to deliver the message as a freeborn.” It is a call to modify the truth and to be halfhearted in loyalty. Other words like these are usually used by disloyal people: “You don’t kill yourself or endanger your life in another’s business. It is not your father’s business, so you better be mute. It is not everything you see that you say out.” What seeds of disloyalty!
However, He didn’t reveal the plot from a selfish motive such as to attract promotion from the king, nor did he do it for Esther, the king or his people. Rather, he did it because it was right in the sight of God and he was ready to bear the cost. If he had done it for a selfish motive, his loyalty afterwards would have been affected, because for many years, he was not recognized or acknowledged for that brave and patriotic service (Gen 40:23).
Friends, men may forget or may not notice your loyalty but it won’t go unnoticed and unrewarded by God (Mal 3:16). At the right time, God stirred the nest of the king and losing his sleep, he demanded for the book of records to be read to him. And the servant providentially read from the book of remembrance, where Modecai’s loyalty was discovered to have been unrewarded! He was thereafter rewarded publicly as the “man whom the king delights to honour”. That position brought greater promotion and led to the deliverance of the Jews (Est 8:2). God will soon open your book of remembrance. I pray for you again, may you not lose your loyalty in service in Jesus name.
1. Father, please, help me to remain loyal when it seems nobody notices my loyalty in Jesus name.
2. Father, please, always remind me that my loyalty which I give in Your honour will never be in vain in Jesus name.
1. I know that true loyalty is unpopular and I will not be surprised by contempt from disloyal people.
2. My loyalty may go unnoticed and unrewarded by men, yet I will still remain loyal, for it will never be in vain with God.