A Clutch Performer
For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? ~Esther 4:14
Are you a clutch player? A clutch player refers to someone who performs extremely well under seemingly adverse or difficult moments of a ball game. They are considered players who can be counted on in the nick of time. They are considered extremely useful and profitable people, especially under stressful situations. Our devotion this morning asks the question, “Are you a clutch Christian?”
There is the mission.
This type of Christian has decided to be instant in season and out of season. He had made the decision to be the decisive factor when things become difficult. He is a leader who knows that all eyes are looking at him to be the difference maker. The Jews were in serious jeopardy of being the victims of a genocide plot. Queen Esther was in the most suited role to make a difference. Her uncle Mordecai had made very clear to her that God had placed her in her role for the purpose of saving the Jews alive. Her mission was a life-or-death mission for millions of people. Clutch Christians are driven by an extraordinary mission.
There is the moment.
“...Who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Queen Esther had one shot; one moment in which to make a favorable appeal before the king on behalf of the Jews. When it is time to speak up, you better do so, or you may never get the chance to do so again. Every soulwinner will have a clutch moment in which he will present the gospel and point a sinner to Christ. Every preacher understands this moment every time he draws the message to a close and gives an invitation. Every time we pray for others, how and what we pray for could be a life-or-death deal maker or breaker.
There is the momentum.
When a clutch Christian does what he is supposed to do at the right moment, he stirs momentum in the hearts of those who follow and watch. When David defeated Goliath with one swing of a stone in a sling and, then, took the giant's head off with the giant's own sword, the men of Israel shouted and proceeded to overwhelmingly defeat the Philistines. David created momentum for both himself and the Israelites. Esther’s action preserved the lives of the Jews, but it also created momentum for positive and God-blessed Jewish influence.
There is the ministry.
Spiritual leaders should recognize that God has placed them in unique, clutch situations as their ministry. Our words, example, and influence can make or break the life of another believer. Our example stirs other Christians to live right, to be motivated witnesses, and to make the necessary sacrifices.
There is the merchandise.
Think of how many people will be in Heaven because a clutch Christian was in the right place at the right time. Think of how many people will live a victorious Christian life because a clutch Christian encouraged them at the right time. Their merchandise is a trophy of God’s power at work through a surrendered life.
Would you decide today to be a clutch Christian? To be someone willing to see the opportunity where God has placed you to make a difference in other lives?
Have an inspiring God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Judges 13-15