“For such a time as this.”—It’s a phrase tossed around frequently, often without much thought to the original meaning or context in which it was said. Many people quote Mordecai’s rebuke to Esther as a life-verse representing power and favor. But what did this phrase really mean?

When we look at the life of Esther throughout the book titled in her name, this phrase actually refers to Esther being scolded for her self-indulgent, self-preserving mindset. Mordecai rebuked Esther for living large and embracing royalty over righteousness—selfies over service.

Through those telling words, she was reminded that she had been chosen to set her own interests aside, let go of her own ambitions, and face the enemy full-on. She was to risk her life and her legacy with no guarantees of a positive outcome. That’s the “for such a time as this” Mordecai challenged Esther to accept.

And that’s the challenge God also sets before you and me. God has given each of us a job, position, resources, education and more. God has opened opportunities to optimize His kingdom purposes. He didn’t place you or me where we sit ideally all-day long surfing and posting pictures on social media.

God placed us here at this time and place because we are in the midst of a war—You and I are in the midst of an epic battle involving good versus evil. Join us this week at Sedona United Methodist Church as Rev. Fred Mast offers a message entitled “For Such a Time as This”.

Sunday mornings we enter the spirit of worship at 9:30 am featuring uplifting music, special times of prayer, and passionate life changing messages that will move you closer in your relationship with Jesus Christ and others. Sunday school offered for children kindergarten to 6th grade.

Immediately following worship, you are invited to stay and join us in our Fellowship Hall for a very special fellowship time featuring delicious goodies and snacks, beverages, and always great hot coffee. This is the friendliest and most welcoming fellowship time anywhere!

We offer several weekly book and bible studies: Tuesday’s @ 1:45pm Adult Studies at The Gathering Place in West Sedona; and Thursday’s Women’s Bible Study at 9:45am. We offer so many great missions, ministries, and fellowship opportunities at Sedona UMC.

Visit our website at us on www.sedonaumc.org  and “Like” us on Facebook. We are conveniently located at 110 Indian Cliffs Road off the Back O’Beyond roundabout on Route 179 in Sedona. All are welcome at Sedona UMC—Come and grow with us! Invite, pick-up, and bring your friends and family.