We know them even though they often do not make themselves known. They are the quiet, behind-the-scenes people who make things happen. Although they may not be recognized, their impact may be great. We met one such person this week – a man named Mordecai.
If it wasn’t for Mordecai, there may never have been the story of Esther. Mordecai raised Esther from a young age, after her parents died. Then, when the king sent a decree throughout the kingdom seeking a new queen, it was Mordecai who guided young Esther into that role. In addition to having raised her to be a humble, wise young lady who was “admired by all who saw her,” Mordecai advised Esther not to reveal her Jewish identity, which would have likely immediately removed her from the selection process.
Not only did Mordecai help Esther reach the throne, he also saved the king’s life by revealing a conspiracy to assassinate him. And for that information Mordecai neither sought nor received any recognition in return.
Throughout our lives there have been people who have helped us along the way, people like Mordecai. One of my favorite Bible characters, Barnabas, reminds me of Mordecai. He is known as the “Son of Encouragement” because he was the first to sell all he had and lay it at the disciples' feet to support their new ministry (Acts 4:36). He also worked behind the scenes to support Paul, bringing him from Tarsus to Antioch when everyone doubted his conversion (Acts 9:26-30, 11:25-26). Much like Mordecai’s quiet guidance of Esther, without Barnabas encouraging the newly converted Saul behind the scenes, we may never have known Paul.
Who in your life has been your Mordecai or Barnabas? Have you been that person for someone else? This week, why don’t you do something to show your appreciation for this person who has loved, supported, and encouraged you along life’s journey.
“Esther did not reveal her people or kindred, for Mordecai had charged her not to tell. Every day Mordecai would walk around in front of the court of the harem, to learn how Esther was and how she fared.” (Esther 2:10-11)