Esther 4:4 – 5 “When Esther’s maids and eunuchs came and told her about Mordecai, she was in great distress. She sent clothes for him to put on instead of his sackcloth, but he would not accept them. Then Esther summoned Hathach, one of the king’s eunuchs assigned to attend her, and ordered him to find out what was troubling Mordecai and why.”
Years ago, when I still lived in the big city, I pulled up to an intersection. A young man sat on the side of the road with a sign, “Will work for food.” Something in his eyes stirred the compassion in me, and I pulled out all the money I had – a whopping two dollars. I also had a gospel tract, and I rolled down my window and held the bundle out to him.
He immediately grew bitter, and sneered, “How is that supposed to help me?”
I was shocked. I was offering all I had. Then I looked at my hand. From his angle, all he could see was the tract. I flipped my hand where he could see the money, and his expression softened. He took it, and said “Thank you.”
Friends, we live in a hurting world. Just like Mordecai, people are weeping and wailing. They may not be doing so on the outside, but many, many people are walking around with hurting hearts. When Esther heard what a spectacle Mordecai was making of himself, she sent him new clothes. Yes, he needed some new clothes. But there was something he needed more. He needed to be heard, to tell his story. New clothes were not going to change his situation.
Sometimes, we Christians are too quick to diagnose a “one size fits all” Jesus cure to everyone we see, without really taking the time to know people. Yes, Jesus heals hurting hearts. But before people will accept Him, they need to be heard. They need to tell their stories. They need to know that we care.
When Esther offered new clothes to Mordecai, she didn’t take the time to find out what was wrong. But when she sent someone to listen to him, he responded. When we offer Jesus to people without first showing them we care, they will reject Him every time. But when we love them, listen to them, and show compassion, they will respond.
Dear Father, Please forgive me for times that I have come across as pushy and uncaring. Please help me to show compassion to everyone.