Esther 2:15 ESV When the turn came for Esther the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her as his own daughter, to go in to the king, she asked for nothing except what Hegai the king's eunuch, who had charge of the women, advised. Now Esther was winning favor in the eyes of all who saw her.
Esther “dressed down” per Hegai’s recommendation. She “passed” on the strategy of wearing the outer adornments and embellishments that her peers chose to utilize when their time came to meet the king. Esther was winning the favor of everyone, for she had a strength that was uncharacteristic amongst the others in the harem. The rest of the story confirms Esther’s wisdom, and the inner strength she possessed, that set herself apart from her competition in this early beauty pageant. Rather than play towards her outer beauty, she chose instead to reveal the distinguished character and virtue of her inner heart; not only was she physically pleasing to the eye of the king, she possessed an inner heart strength that compelled the king to choose her out of the hundreds of women that had been preening and grooming for over a year, hoping they alone would capture the king’s attention. And for this…the scripture says that she won favor in the eyes of all.
There appears to be two major ways of approaching life as a Christian: I can adopt and embrace the ways of the world, or I can approach life the way God advices. Living a worldview that acknowledges God’s kingdom will always confuse and perplex the world, but in the end, living life the way God advices always produces an abundant harvest, the exact provision God has waiting for me. If I choose to open my heart to Jesus and live as he compels me to live, my strength will not be limited to my own gifts and talents, but will instead reflect the unlimited empowerment that only comes from allowing God to be my strength. Scripture says that God’s power is attracted to my weakness. I can either live my life to the best of my own ability, or I can live my life by God’s abilities, strength, and authority. The choice to default to God’s kingdom living, and to approach life living from the Jesus who lives in my heart, is the most powerful way to live the abundant life God purposes for me to live.
Teach me Holy Spirit, the ways of the Father’s kingdom, that I might live the abundant life for God’s glory!