Missional Matters #22 - Encouragement & Strategy

What does it take for a church to be active in global mission?

Mordecai a central character in the Old Testament story of Esther gives two good clues.

Mordecai was encouraging. He raised his orphaned cousin Esther as his own daughter. Later when she is queen, Mordecai tells her to plead with the king to save the Jews from genocide, expanding her horizons to see that her royal role might achieve the seemingly impossible. Mordecai as a strong character sees the potential in Esther the weaker character, inspiring her to step out. He sees an inner strength she can’t see. Encouragement is about feelings, but feelings alone were not going to save the Jews.

Mordecai was very good at strategy. Early on he forbid Esther to reveal her religion to the palace officials and king, perhaps waiting for a more advantageous time. His strategic skills show wisdom, intelligence and maybe some cunning. He seemed aware of the times and could think through how best to handle the volatile king, knowing when to act and when to lay low. Esther’s frontline work was only possible with Mordecai’s background partnership - he the catalyst, she the actor. His character had a good blend of feeling and thinking - both needed to save the Jews.

Globally active churches have Mordecais behind the scenes, encouraging and strategizing for others to join God’s mission. For every person serving on the front line, there are people supporting, praying, financing and arranging.

Will you be a Mordecai?

Julian Doorey

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