Summary: Esther made a difference. One person can make a difference. Believe that and live with that thought in mind.
You Can Make A Difference
In our world, it’s easy to underestimate the significance of one. What can I as one individual contribute to the overwhelming needs of our world, our church, etc.?
But the truth is, No one else can do the things that God has called and gifted you to do.
History is full of accounts of single individuals who have made a difference.
1. Think of battles that have turned on the axis of
one heroic person.
2. Think of the scientists, the inventors, the
explorers, and the technological experts that have
invented, found,and contributed
3. Think of the courageous preachers who have stood
alone in the gap and made a difference.
4. The face of the church was changed by significant
individuals—men like Augustine, Tyndale, Luther,
Calvin, Wesley, Spurgeon, Moody, to name only a few.
Another angle, think of the difference one vote can make.
• In 1649, one vote caused Charles I of England to be
• In 1776, one vote gave America the English language
instead of German;
• In 1845, one vote brought Texas into the union;
• In 1868, one vote saved President Andrew Johnson
• In 1923, one vote gave Adolph Hitler control of the
From Genesis to Revelation, you can see God’s hand on individuals who thought and said and did what was right—regardless—.
Not many stories about great crusades and city-wide
revivals and mass meetings in the Word of God. More
often, I find individual men and women who made a
And only one woman named Esther decided it was worth
the risk to break with protocol and speak her mind,
and a nation was preserved.
I. The Jews have been threatened with extermination.
A. Wicked Haman has influenced King Ahasuerus or
Zurk-sez to order the Jews killed Because
Mordecai wouldn’t bow to him
1. What terror this struck in their hearts, what
fear in their minds!
2. “How can we continue?” “How can we fight this?”
3. This is the law of the Medes and the Persians.
It was final. Nobody could change this plan,
certainly no Jew.
4. It seemed like a hopeless situation.
God was not sleeping. He determined one person would make the difference. On this occasion, her name is Esther.
verse 1.When Mordecai found out about everything that
had been done, he tore his clothes and put on
sackcloth and ashes. He went into the middle
of the city and cried loudly and bitterly.
When in bankruptcy or living with a dread disease or having buried a family member or having gone through some terrible disaster in one’s city, people in Esther’s day would commonly wear loose-fitting, dark-colored coarse garments made of goat’s hair, which hung on them like a large gunnysack. On top of that, they would take ashes from the remains of a fire and throw them on themselves so they would be covered with them and appear ghastly and unclean. Sometimes they would even sit in the midst of a cold ash heap and throw the ashes on themselves as a vivid expression of their grief.
B. Mordecai holds nothing back. His grief knows no
bounds. In sackcloth and ashes he stumbles toward