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ESTHER 6:2-3 : And it was found 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-conditioned-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 railĀ­ 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
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 employment.

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