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ESTHER 6:2-3
And it wasfound written that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s
eunuchs, the door keepers who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus.Then the king
said, “What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” And the king’s
servants who attended him Said, “Nothing has been done for him.”
Several years ago, a crew of men was working on the road bed of a railroad when they
were interrupted by a slow-moving train.
The train stopped and a window in the last car-which was custom made and air-condition
ed-was raised.
A friendly voice called out, “Dave, is that you?” Dave Anderson, the crew chief, called
back, “Sure is, Jim. It’s good to see you.” With that pleasant exchange, Dave was invited to
join Jim Murphy,the president of the rail- road,for a visit.
After the train pulled out, Dave’s crew surrounded him and expressed astonishment that
he knew Mr. Murphy as a personal friend.

Dave then explained that many years earlier he and Jim had started to work for the
railroad on the same day. One man half jokingly asked Dave why he was still working out
in the hot sun and Jim Murphy was now president.
Wistfully Dave explained, “Twenty-three years ago I went to work for $1.75 an hour and
Jim Murphy went to work for the railroad.”
In the same way, when Mordecai became a court official, he went to work for the king,
not just to draw a salary. His goal was not financial gain but to do the best job he
possibly could.
It was only natural, then, that when he discovered a plot on the king’s life, he
immediately reported it. He was loyal to the king and was only doing his job well.
Is your commitment to the paycheck or to the job? Are you fulfilling your duties to the
best of your ability, or are you simply concerned about what you receive in return? Take
your cue from Mordecai. Ask God to show you how you can honor Him through your

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