I was recently asked to speak to some precious young girls at a tea party. As I was praying about what to speak about, I heard the Lord say very clearly “I need them to know I need Esthers”. So to my Bible I went and refreshed my memory on the story of Esther. I had not visited it in a while…a long while… and I had forgotten how absolutely wonderful Esther’s story was. If you’re hazy on the details, go get a cup of coffee, sit down in a comfy chair and have a read. Then come back here and I will share with you what Holy Spirit showed me.
Are you done? Such a great story, right??? As I began to read it again, I realized that my previous view of Esther was extremely romanticized. I always saw it as a sweet story of a girl who basically wins a beauty pageant and then goes on to win the heart of her king and of course saves the Jewish people, which is all true.
As I read it this time, however, the Lord showed me a story about a strong leader who was honoring, brave and knew who she was at all times.
Important Lessons for today from the Life of Esther
Esther was honoring….
She first honored her cousin Mordecai by listening to his wise council of not letting anyone in the palace know she was Jewish. She was in the palace for an entire year just getting read to be presented to the king and never once did she let it slip that she was Jewish. She also listened to those who were in authority over her when Hegai gave her advice. She only took what he suggested. She always had people in her life she trusted more than herself.
Esther was brave….
She knew when Mordecai asked her to go before the king and plead the case of her people, that she could die. She even explained to her cousin that it may not be a good idea, but out of honor and obedience she went before the king anyway stating “If I perish I perish.” She knew there was a big possibility that the king would not raise his scepter and yet she did it. She faced her fear head on and did it out of obedience.
Esther knew who she was….
”she put on her royal robes”. The only people I know who put on royal robes are royalty. Kings, queens, princes, and princesses. She knew she was royalty and so behaved as such. Esther went before her king KNOWING she was his queen. She had no doubt in her head that she was queen. Mordecai last words to her were,”who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.” In other words…you were born for this, don’t forget who you are! You were made queen for a reason!
So let’s apply these lessons to our own lives:
To be a great leader we need to be honoring.
That means we need to be accountable to someone we trust more than ourselves. Someone who can give us wise council. And we don’t just need to give honor to those in authority, but also to those who we may be in authority over. Honor flows both ways. How I treat my kids or my employees speaks volumes of who I am.
Sometimes leadership requires that we be brave.
Obedience requires a level of bravery especially if the assignment seems impossible. Stepping out with courage will fulfill our destiny. We were each born for a purpose. We were born to extend the kingdom and to complete the assignment God has set before us.
We have to know who we are if we are going succeed as leaders.
This last one is probably the most important in my opinion. We may need reminding from time to time, which is why it is so important that we have a person or people in place to help us along. There may be times we have to ask the Lord to remind us. I know I have had those times, and the amazing thing is that every single time he tells me. He tells me I am his daughter first and foremost. He tells me that makes me royalty. He reminds me I have an assignment and he has given me everything I need to accomplish it.