The Book of Esther is a true story of how a Jewish girl went from the girl next door to the Queen of Persia. There are so many lessons we can learn from the life of Esther to prepare us for a life-changing encounter with the King.
In this post, I want to share 5 lessons I learned from my meditation on the Book of Esther.
1/ Know Your Worth
“So if it please the king, we suggest that you issue a written decree, a law of the Persians and Medes that cannot be revoked. It should order that Queen Vashti be forever banished from the presence of King Xerxes, and that the king should choose another queen more worthy than she.”
Our family, friends and society often label us based on what they see on the outside. We often base our worth on what others say about us or how much we have achieved in life. Sometimes, we define ourselves by the mistakes we have made.
However, our true worth is found in nothing but the Word. The Word of God is our mirror of how God sees us and what He says about us. This is where our worth must be found, defined and established.
God sees you beyond just the natural because He is the One who created you. When He looks at you, He doesn’t see a bunch of mistakes. Instead, He sees a daughter washed by the Blood of His Son Jesus.
Know today that you are a queen and you are accepted by the King of kings. In His sight, you are more worthy than any labels put on you by yourself or by the world.
2/ Pursue Purity
“Then the king’s personal attendants proposed, “Let a search be made for beautiful young virgins for the king.”
Do you know that when you have surrendered your life to Christ, He calls you a virgin despite any foolish mistake you have made in the past?
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
2 Corinthians 5:21
The temptations of this world may be real, and He understands our weakness. But He is a Holy God, and He wants His children to walk in holiness and purity. May we persevere not only to keep our physical bodies clean but also to keep our hearts clean.
“For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”
2 Corinthians 11:2
3/ Submitting to God’s authority
“Then the king’s servants who attended him said: “Let beautiful young virgins be sought for the king; and let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather all the beautiful young virgins to Shushan the citadel, into the women’s quarters, under the custody of Hegai the king’s eunuch, custodian of the women.”
Esther couldn’t walk directly into the king’s presence because she wasn’t prepared to meet the king. Before she could meet the king, she had to be placed under the custody/authority of Hegai, the king’s eunuch, who prepared her for 12 months before she met the king.
It is important to submit yourself to the man and women of God whom God has placed over your life. The Bible says in Hebrews 13:17, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”
Self-deception is easy when a Christian does not submit to God’s authority. Find a spirit-led church that can guide you in God’s ways and help you grow in your spiritual life so that you can find and walk in your God destiny. These men and women of God who have gone ahead of you can help you prepare for your encounter with the King of kings.
4/ Embracing the new life
“Esther had not made known her people or kindred, for Mordecai had commanded her not to make it known.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
Also, Ephesians 4:24 says, “and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”
When we understand this, it is easy to bring changes in our lives so that we may reflect Christ and the new life He gives us in every area. May we walk unhindered by the past or our background in this new life God has called us to live.
5/ Trust and win!
After 12 months of preparation, it was finally Esther’s turn to meet the king. And this is what the Bible says:
“the king loved Esther more than all the women, and she won grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.”
Wow! This is your story and my story. We are loved, approved and accepted by the King of kings. Be glad and rejoice in this.
Let me declare this about you today- You are loved by the King of kings; you have won grace and favor in His sight more than all your companions, and on your head is a royal crown for you are a daughter of the Most High God.
I pray that you know who you are in Christ, know your worth, find your calling and live worthy of it. Remember, one encounter with the King can change your entire life.
May you have victory in Jesus’ mighty name.
This post is written by our guest writer Neha Shah