“For Mordecai the Jew was next in rank to King Ahasuerus, and he was powerful among the Jews and popular with his many kindred, for he sought the good of his people and interceded for the welfare of all his descendants.” Esther 10:3
This last verse of the Book of Esther provides a powerful example for all of us to follow. Mordecai’s power and popularity are not the focus, or should not be our focus. It is how Mordecai lived his life, selflessly, for the good of his kindred, “for he sought the good of his people and interceded for the welfare of all his descendants.” From the very beginning, we read how Mordecai cared for others and that his actions backed this up. In his individual relationships – he adopted Esther his cousin, after her parents died – he raised her as his own daughter. As a citizen – he reported a plot against the King, he was close enough to the conspirators to hear their plans. He cared more about the greater good of his people group – the Jews, than he did himself. He had faith to potentially enter into a dangerous situation for the good of his kindred. In his success “he sought the good of his people and interceded for the welfare of his descendants.” Though God isn’t mentioned once in this book, that last line sounds a lot like what Christ does for us. Mordecai’s example is an example of Christlikeness; Mordecai seems pretty close to Whole (Holy) Sanctification. O Lord, that I be a man who follows Mordecai’s example….. that I be a man who follows Christ’s example…..