Recently in our Wednesday Bible study in the book of Esther we saw how Mordecai (King Xerxes’s official) was responsible for saving King Xerxes from a planned assassination attempt. This rather significant event occurs in the 2nd chapter of the book of Esther. That Mordecai played an important part in saving the King’s life is very meaningful. Yet nothing is done in that 2nd chapter of Esther to honor Mordecai for his praise-worthy actions. This reminds me of the fact that many times we do the right thing and it goes unrecognized. Mordecai didn’t perform this important function because he was seeking to be recognized, so it probably didn’t bother him at the time of the rescue that he wasn’t recognized or acknowledged. He was just doing the right thing. But that failed recognition becomes a very important part of the story in the 6th chapter of Esther when the King can’t sleep and he has the royal chronicles read to help him go back to sleep.
Jesus gives us some very interesting insight into rewards in Matthew 6:1-4 It is interesting in ministry how many times our acts of service or kindness go unrecognized. All that means is that God is storing up for us a treasure in heaven where he will reward to due time.
As it relates to Mordecai, God’s timing could not have been more perfect. In the 6th chapter of Esther, Haman (the Jew hater) is coming to ask that King Xerxes have Mordecai executed. He has already had a 75 foot gallows constructed for this purpose. When the King asked Haman “What should I do for the man the King delights to honor?” “Surely”, Haman thinks, “the King wants to honor me”. Boy is he in for a big surprise. If you are not familiar with the story (and even if you are) let me encourage you to read the rest of the 6th chapter to see God’s amazing timing. So the next time your efforts go unnoticed, rest assured that God has seen your service. If that service is not rewarded in this life be assured that God will reward you abundantly in the life to come. Also realize that God’s timing is always perfect.
Pastor Rich Sivo