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Esther 10:3 For Mordecai the Jew was next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, and accepted of the multitude of his brethren, seeking the wealth of his people, and speaking peace to all his seed.

The secret to being great is to live your life to lift up others. Mordecai did that and he became great, even though that was not his motivation for doing so. It happened because he lived his life to benefit others. Esther 10:3 confirms this truth; it said of him that he “sought the wealth of his people and speaking peace to all his seed”.

There were three (3) things that Mordecai did that made him an example of one who lived his life for the benefit of others. First, although Esther was only his niece he treated her as his daughter when her parents died and seeing her beauty pushed her to vie for the position of queen of the Kingdom of Shushan when that position became vacant. What Mordecai did is not something that everyone would have done.  

Second, when it was published that all Jews in Shushan would be killed on the 13th day of the twelfth month, he took up the cause for the benefit of all Jews. He spoke to Esther and pushed her to speak to the King. He did not have to do that since Esther was the queen he could have sought the salvation of Esther and his own house instead. It was his influence that prevented what would have happened.

Lastly, when Mordecai was promoted to a high office, being next to the King, he never sought to promote his interest as most people do when they hold high office, he focused instead on serving the interest of the people he was called to serve.

The life of Mordecai was a life well lived for the benefit of others. What was most significant about his life was that he never waited until he held a high position to start helping to make the life of others better. He started in his home by helping to elevate Esther: his influence initially was never beyond his household so he started there and look what happened. By lifting up someone else to reach their highest potential, his influence grew automatically as Esther then being close to the King could help, when the need arose, to influence the King. Despite his lowly beginnings, the scripture noted of Mordecai that he became great. It said that he was “next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews.

While most people live their lives trying to lift up themselves, live your life to lift up others; that was how Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa became great.

Life Application: Your divine assignment was given to you for the purpose of lifting up others, set a goal as to the number of people you will use your life to impact in a positive way. 

Prayer: Lord, you have demonstrated the ultimate example of being selfless. Help me esteem others above myself as the scripture declares in Philippians 2:3. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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