Esther 4:16 “Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.”
One phrase made a difference in the narrative of the book of Esther, “…if I perish, I perish.” This was the one phrase that Esther said when she realized somebody had to do something or else her people, the Jews, would all be massacred by the evil Haman. It was Esther putting her life at risk that changed her world, and it motivated others to take a stand as well. Esther 9:16 shows this when it says, “But the other Jews that were in the king's provinces gathered themselves together, and stood for their lives…” The other Jews would have never taken a stand had Esther not said, “…if I perish, I perish.”
The mindset of someone who will make a difference in their world is the mindset that if they must die trying to make their cause happen, then they are willing to die for their cause. The reason the United States of America exists today is because fifty-six men put their lives and honor at stake when they signed the Declaration of Independence. They knew their cause for freedom was much greater than their own lives. They were willing to put everything at stake, and even their lives and fortunes for the sake of future generations having a free country to live in.
When your life means nothing to you, but your cause is your life, and you’re either going to accomplish your cause or die trying to accomplish it is when you will make a difference in your world. My friend, the greatest cause for which any person would die is for the cause of Christ. Every one of the apostles believed in the cause of Christ so much that they all died for this cause. What is your excuse? We live in times when people are so concerned with trying to build a rapport with politicians and society that we have forgotten that the cause of Christ is often at odds with these. I am not saying that we should purposely try to be at odds with these, but when the cause of Christ is under attack because of these, we must take a stand or the next generation will not know the Gospel.
The result of one generation not taking a stand to spread the Gospel is that the next generation will die and go to Hell. If you are not willing to put everything at risk for the sake of others getting saved, how will the next generation get saved? It takes somebody who is willing to be criticized by their peers to be a soul winner that makes a difference in others becoming soul winners and the lost getting saved.
Moreover, the ministry leader who struggles in their ministry must be willing to say that they are either going to grow their ministry or die trying to grow it. The bus captain or Sunday school teacher who is passive about their route or class growing will always flounder trying to reach those in their ministry. People will see the passion in your heart when you are willing to make your ministry grow or you will die trying to make it grow.
Furthermore, the pastor who has the mindset that he will either build a great church or he will die trying to build it is the pastor who will build a great church. Stop being passive about your church’s growth, and be the pastor who will say that you will either grow your church or die trying to grow it.