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After teaching elementary school for several years, I decided that my students would never again play any game that required children to choose teams. Why? Inevitably, the least popular or most athletically challenged children would be left standing alone, on display, easy targets for derogatory labels and ridicule.
We began choosing teams on the basis of birthday month, favorite flavor of ice cream or color of clothing worn that day. The result? Every child was chosen.
We all long to be chosen, loved by someone who sees us as we really are. Someone who recognizes our worth. Esther was an orphan, an insignificant and unknown Jewish girl living with her uncle Mordecai when she was chosen to be Queen, the wife of Persian King Ahasuerus.
Esther had reigned for only a short time when Mordecai learned of a plot to assassinate the King. Mordecai told Esther who told Ahasuerus and the guilty men were executed. The king’s life was spared, but life for the Jewish people became extremely difficult.
Haman, a very influential but evil officer in the king’s court, was promoted to the second-highest position in the land. Haman hated the Jews and convinced the King to issue a law that all people had to bow to the King, or they would be executed. That law would mean certain death for not only Esther and Mordecai, but also for every Jew who bowed only to God.
And there was one other small problem.
The King did not know that his new queen was a Jew. As Esther and her people fasted for God’s direction, Esther planned what might have been the first reveal party for the king and Haman. During the banquet, Esther revealed Haman’s plot.
Esther also revealed the fact that she was a Jew. True love won the day. The King condemned Haman to die and saved the Jewish nation. In short, God raised Esther up to save her people!
Esther made a life-changing decision to step out in faith and obey God. Because she made the right choice, she discovered her true worth in God. If Esther can take those steps, so can we.
Step 1: Understand That We Are Chosen
“And who knows, you may have been chosen queen for just such a time as this” (Esther 4:14, ICB).
Esther was chosen–not just by a King, but by God. God placed Esther in a high position of leadership at a very special time and for a very special reason. The same is true in your life and in mine.
You are no accident!
Where you are is no surprise to God.
Situational ethics is now being taught in many schools. One teacher, wanting to illustrate that human reasoning is many times wrong, gave the following situation to a class of students:
“Would you advise a mother who was pregnant with her fifth child to have an abortion–given the following facts?
- Her husband had syphilis.
- She had tuberculosis.
- Their first child was born blind.
- Their second child died.
- Their third child was born deaf.
- Their fourth child had tuberculosis.
Most of the students agreed that she should have an abortion. The teacher was quiet for a moment before responding. “Those of you who said, ‘Yes’ would have just killed the great composer Ludwig von Beethoven!”
You and I were created in response to the love of God.
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“I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What you have done is wonderful. I know this very well. You saw my bones being formed as I took shape in my mother’s body. When I was put together there, you saw my body as it was formed. All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old” (Psalm 139:14-16, NCV).
We were created in love…for love. The plan came first! God personally supervised our formation. We were created for a special purpose and with a unique plan for our lives. In other words, we were created by God for God!