Summary: Esther made a difference. One person can make a difference. Believe that and live with that thought in mind.

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You Can Make A Difference

Esther 4:1-4:17

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

from impeachment.

• In 1923, one vote gave Adolph Hitler control of the

Nazi party

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

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