Logic is a good thing when it is used to serve one’s understanding of God and man. When one uses logical deductions based on certain aspects of truth that would end up contradicting other tenets of revealed truth, then one is using his logic illogically and unbiblically. For example, “If God already knows who will be saved and chose all of them, then I don’t have to witness and evangelize.” The “if” statement is true, but the “then” statement, the logical deduction, is untrue because it contradicts and does not properly take into account other tenets of revealed truth.
So here is one guarantee of success for us Christians. Jesus said, “On this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18). That is a true statement and guarantee. But then one may wrongly deduce, “Well if Christ is going to build the church, then I don’t need to get involved, risk my life, exhaust my resources, and invest my time in building the church and spreading the gospel.” That’s true if you are not part of the church or if you want to stay in sin. The church will move on and hell will not prevail. But that promise/guarantee is not meant to make you relax and remain passive, it is meant to empower you and embolden you to jump in and be a part of the action.
In reading Esther 4 today, God reminds us that though success is guaranteed, involvement in the success is a privilege and optional. The guarantee is that the Jews will not perish. The privilege is for Esther to be part of the deliverance. The Jews were threatened with extinction. Esther could have chosen to be passive or risk her life in attempting to be part of the solution. Mordecai tells her, “If you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14). Esther was not guaranteed that she would personally succeed. But it was certain, as God’s promise is certain, that the Jews would be ultimately delivered. So Esther could have remained passive and thought, “well, we’ll be delivered eventually” or she could’ve been emboldened and thought, “If God promised us blessing as the covenant people, then I know that my attempt will not be in vain as I trust him.” That is the Christian attitude. I’m sure that Esther does not regret risking her life. Even Christians who have died for the gospel, I’m sure that where they are at right now they don’t regret risking their lives either!
The guarantee of success is not a guarantee of the details. God guarantees he will work all things together for my good. He guarantees that he will glorify himself. He guarantees he will never fail me as I trust his revelation in Christ and the Scriptures. He promises his church will be built and the gospel will spread and Satan and hell cannot stop it. So let’s jump in, give our lives, and trust his promises as we enjoy the privilege of getting involved in the victory. We don’t deserve to be part of the process of God bringing about victory over sin and death in the world through the church, but through Christ we are granted the privilege and opportunity. Don’t waste your life.