The scepter extended will cause you to be attractive (honourable, respected, decorous, influential and prominent) both in the physical and spiritual. The Bible says, “Now the king – Xerxes was attracted to Esther more than to any other woman, and she won his favour 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.” Read Esther 2:17 (NIV). Attraction can be on so many levels, but I believe the one we should seek to be attracted and to impress is our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. And the reason is simply because, we would always remain attractive in His sight irrespective or should I say in spite of (consider this statement carefully). God’s script concerning you is quite different from the one we seem to focus on. In our world today, people place a lot of emphasis on the external attractiveness as supposed to inner attractiveness.
So the question is what made Esther attractive to king Xerxes? Remember the Eunuch, Hegai, how he gave Esther insight, “When it was Esther’s turn to go to the king, she accepted the advice of Hegai, the Eunuch in charge of the harem – women apartment. She asked for nothing except what he suggested, and she was admired by everyone who saw her.” Read Esther 2:15 (NLT). The anointing of God upon Esther’s life brought admiration and humility; Why? Esther was not puffed up because of the favour or insight she received from Hegai the Eunuch, and I believe there was a presence about Esther which made her attractive and adorable. Remember, Abraham’s wife, Sarah was 90 years old, and the Bible says she was attractive and beautiful to behold, such that Abimelech admired and sent for her. Read Genesis 20:3-7 (NLT). So you see attractiveness is not in age, neither is it in appearance, but in the character and presence or glory accompanying the person.
Think with me for a moment, we judge attractiveness based on what we can see in the physical, but you see, appearances can be deceptive. Selah (pause and calmly think). Recall what the Bible says, But the LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” Read 1 Samuel 16:17 (NLT). I believe, Esther’s heart was so beautiful, her attraction emanated from within, and that I believe was the foundation point of her attractiveness, the condition of her heart was like an internal GPS and magnet, such that people could not help but to gravitate towards her.
Without a doubt, there must have been other beautiful women amongst the pageant, yet, Esther’s beauty we are told shone above all the others. Now, how does this relate to you and I? I am happy you asked. The conditions of our heart must be right, and yielded to God’s instruction; which would ultimately lead to attractiveness. Scripture tells us, Esther followed the advice of the Eunuch, and did not deviate from them. In like manner, we become very attractive to our world and they would be willing to hear what we have to say; only if we allow the word of God mould and shape our character, including when we stick to God’s plan and purpose without wavering.
When we handle the things of God honourably, with respect and diligence, I believe God’s presence would increase upon our lives; thereby creating a wall of attraction around us for all to behold, and I believe it is called waiting for God to do it His own way. Esther waited for God to do it His way, she did not rely on her external beauty, even though her beauty was good to behold, she patiently waited on God and she followed His leading from the start to finish.
Watch this dearly beloved, people are to be attracted to the God we serve – Jesus Christ. The story of Esther and Mordecai made the Gospel attractive to the people of their time, the name of the Lord was magnified and honoured in a heathen land. And that should be no different for us; “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Read Hebrews 13:8 (NLT). In other words, His presence is what makes us attractive and desirable, nothing else will do.
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