Become And Advocate (Esther Day 8) Author-Brandon Caudill
To advocate for someone means you are willing to publicly stand before people of power and influence in order to give a voice to the voiceless.
One example of this is Martin Luther King, Jr. During the civil rights movement in American history, King, a lover of all races, became an advocate for people of color across the country, tirelessly arguing for their equal treatment in every area of life and practice.
Another example is William Wilberforce. During the early 1800’s, Wilberforce constantly campaigned for the complete abolition of the slave trade. His work eventually led to the passing of the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833, which officially ended slavery throughout the British Empire.
These men made their lives count by working for the good of those who were marginalized and mistreated.
Today’s reading is another great example of someone advocating on behalf of others. Even though Haman had been executed, his evil plan to murder the Jews was still in place. Realizing that the job was not completed and that her people were still in danger, Esther became their advocate before King Ahasuerus:
“Then Esther spoke again to the king. She fell at his feet and wept and pleaded with him to avert the evil plan of Haman the Agagite and the plot that he had devised against the Jews… Esther rose and stood before the king. And she said, ‘If it please the king, and if I have found favor in his sight, and if the thing seems right before the king, and I am pleasing in his eyes, let an order be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, which he wrote to destroy the Jews who are in all the provinces of the king.’” – Esther 8:3, 5
For whom has God burdened your heart to become an advocate? Like Esther, are you weeping and pleading for the aversion of evil coming upon someone? Are you actively going before people of power and influence to champion the cause of those without a voice? If not, why?
Before you rule out your role of being an advocate in this world, prayerfully remember Jesus and what He did for you. When you didn’t have a voice, He spoke up for you. When your were powerless, He exercised His power for you. When You had no influence, He used His influence for you. The truth of the gospel is that Jesus is the perfect Advocate for His people (1 Jn 2:1). Therefore, His people should not shy away from standing for His truth in the face of injustice and evil to advocate for the well being others.
So get out of your comfort zone. Become a foster parent. Adopt an orphan. Take care of a widow. Befriend an immigrant. Get to know an ex-offender. Intentionally cross racial lines. Do something. The gospel has made you the person and given you the tools to do so. Prayerfully consider how God is calling you to action today. (For a great resource to get you started, check out the book Ordinaryby Tony Merida.)
Father God, thank You for Your perfect Son, Jesus. Thank You that He is worthy enough to stand before You as the Advocate for Your people, interceding on our behalf. We can rest assured today that if we are in Christ Jesus, He has wept and pleaded for us before You. He has finished all that is necessary to secure our salvation! Father, I rejoice in the truth today that You are perfectly pleased with Your Son. In His righteousness, He is the only One who has found favor in Your sight. And, if we are in Him today, He has given us this same righteousness and favor before You. What a joy it is to know that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus. This salvation we enjoy from You, God, is not of our own doing or works. It is a gift from You—we cannot boast in any of it (Eph 2:8-9). All we can boast in is Your Son, the One who gives us our holy and righteous standing before You. May His advocacy for us lead us to advocate for others. Give us love, wisdom, and boldness to stand for You and the good of others in this evil world. In the matchless name of Jesus I pray. Amen.