Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews.
Esther 10:3 (NIV)
I Am Second
Vancouver is on pace to lose its status as Canada’s second largest housing market to Montreal. While still Canada’s most expensive city for housing, a recent collapse in sales has led the value of real estate transactions substantially lower. That leaves Montreal’s soaring market poised to overtake the Pacific coast city. In January, the total dollar value of real estate transactions in Vancouver fell to $1.7 billion. Meanwhile, the value of transactions in Montreal reached $1.63 billion to start the year, an increase of 18% from last January.
There is a foundational principle in the kingdom of God that if you want to be first, you need to be a servant. Only in God’s kingdom is being second the best. Such is the case of Mordecai the Jew in the court of King Xerxes of the Persians. Esther 10:3 says, “Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews.” Mordecai would never become the King of Persia. But as the king’s second, he was able to assist his people in speak up on their behalf. Within the Kingdom of God we will never be first. That position belongs solely to our King Jesus. But He chooses to use us for His glory and when we are content to be number two, we find that His will for our lives brings us great peace and contentment. When we lay our lives down to the Lordship of Jesus in every area of our lives, we become the person that God desires us to be. In what area of your life do you need to become second to God?
These have been words from the heart.