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Esther 4:15-16  Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”

“If I perish, I perish!” These are the words of Esther when she decided to go to the King for her people when Haman determined evil. She decided to show herself to the king without even being called into his presence. One thing she did is humbling her before the Lord with fasting before she present herself to the king.  Even though she is a queen, she decided to humble herself for the sake of the children of God.  She stooped down to remove the evil that is attached to the feet of the children of Israel like a serpent, without even considering her life. This sacrifice increased her beauty in the presence of the king when she entered his court. The king was impressed by her beauty and showed her the golden scepter which is the mercy or favor of the king.

Our Lord washed the feet of the disciples as an example to show the mark of a true servant. He humbled Himself before God the Father to be called as Holy Servant (Act 4:27). The point here to be noted is that we as a servant of God in His kingdom should stoop down and wash the evil or serpent or dust which is in the feet of other brothers and sisters in Christ. This is done through by humbling ourselves (fasting and/or prayer) and to intercede in prayer or to give words of exhortation, so that the serpent/dust can be eliminated from their foot.  An example is in Acts 12:5 “Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.” Here Peter is in prison bound by chains and the Church that is his fellow brothers and sisters in Christ offered prayer. When a believer is persecuted for the kingdom of God that is when his/her fellow servants in Christ should stoop down to remove the chains or dust or a serpent that tangles them to suffer.  Our Lord encourages us to stoop down and fight the battle in prayer or to support them according to the dust that is in the foot of other servants in Him. If we do this, then like Esther, we would find the grace of God extended towards us abundantly and we would live a holy life pleasing to the Lord through our servanthood.

John 13:16-17 “Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”