Now the King was attracted to Esther more than any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. (Esther 2:17 NIV)
Esther won favor
Ladies you are loved and have won the favor of our Lord, Jesus Christ. He is the King of all Kings. Men, think about how this applies to your wife/future wife. Esther won the favor of King Xerxes and became queen. She did not go to the palace one day and become Queen the next. The selected ladies were provided beauty treatments and special food. During this preparation time, Esther was given seven maids selected from the King’s palace and moved to the best place in the harem.
Yes, dream how it would feel to be given seven specialized maids. Special food may sound intriguing, yet could be carrots and celery. Twelve months of beauty treatments included: six months with oil of myrrh and six months perfumes and cosmetics. Where are we going with all this? Esther captured the King’s heart.
- How do we capture the King of King’s heart? We go through similar preparations. Esther went to the Palace to begin the initial process. We must do the same. We must seek Him. We have our initial salvation experience. Jesus becomes our Lord and Savior, He now sends the Holy Spirit to live in our hearts. This is only the beginning. Some never get close to the King, they never move beyond the palace door. Esther kept moving through provisions the King made. Our next move has to be made with extreme caution. All churches are not made equal. I am not talking denominations. I would love to see every Pastor of every church stand firm on the infallible Word of God. This is not the case and we must be careful when choosing a church. The more we seek Jesus in our prayer, praise, and scripture time, the closer we become. Then before we know, we will feel His presence…just like Esther as she moved closer to King Xerxes.
- How do we capture the heart of our spouse? As everything about us becomes a reflection of who we are in Christ, the same is true with our spouse. What kind of reflection do we want to be? Take time for yourself to enhance your beauty. God created you, you are beautiful. The spa may not always be a choice. Be creative…think of ways to soften your hands, polish your nails, and have facials. We have more and more home-made products being used. I have a friend who looks like a million dollars at any moment. She will say, this entire outfit cost $11. We can spend as much or little as feasible. This kind of investment will return many times over.
Esther’s purpose/our purpose
This is a bit different today. I believe God wants each of us refreshed. Esther’s purpose was not to be queen, this was an added bonus. She was positioned to save the Jews. God directs each one with a specified path to be positioned with a great purpose. Bonuses only come through Christ when we are aligned with His plan for our lives. We all need refreshed from time to time. It is Motivating Monday! Let’s get motivated! Be refreshed.