I find the story of Esther fascinating. The descriptiveness of the first several verses is a great lead-in to the story. The picturesque details – somewhat unique in the whole of Scripture –allow us to visualize the scene in great detail. In some ways, the story itself captures the essence of our Christian life.
Esther, who did not know the king, was granted supernatural favor. As a result, she was chosen by the king to be his. That’s a pretty apt portrait of what happened to you and me. Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you…” (John 15:16). Just like Esther, the King chose those who did not previously know Him – you and me – and made us His own.
That by itself would be miracle enough, but there is more to the story. Later Esther faced a major challenge, but through the help of her uncle she realized an important truth: “And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14). This challenging scenario could be the very reason that the Lord placed her in the position of queen.
After Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you,” He goes on to say, “and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit…” There is a reason that God drew you to Himself. It is so you would bear fruit. That fruit is in your personal life as well as in the circumstances and situations of life.
If you’re facing a trying a situation, or if you’re just living your seemingly mundane life, realize that the Lord brought you into His kingdom for a reason. Don’t just sit and stare off into space. Don’t waste your time on silly or empty pursuits. Act like Esther and, in the strength and confidence of the Lord, redeem the time because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16). Be a fruit bearer. That’s why you’re here. By His grace, bring the life of God into your everyday life situations.