Attracting favour

Scripture: Esther.2:5-18

In [d]Shushan the [e]citadel there was a certain Jew whose name was Mordecai the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite. Kish[f] had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captives who had been captured with [g]Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away. And Mordecai had brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter, for she had neither father nor mother. The young woman was lovely and beautiful. When her father and mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter.

So it was, when the king’s command and decree were heard, and when many young women were gathered at [h]Shushan the [i]citadel, under the custody of Hegai, that Esther also was taken to the king’s palace, into the care of Hegai the custodian of the women. Now the young woman pleased him, and she obtained his favor; so he readily gave beauty preparations to her, besides [j]her allowance. Then seven choice maidservants were provided for her from the king’s palace, and he moved her and her maidservants to the best place in the house of the women.

10 Esther had not [k]revealed her people or family, for Mordecai had charged her not to reveal it. 11 And every day Mordecai paced in front of the court of the women’s quarters, to learn of Esther’s welfare and what was happening to her.

12 Each young woman’s turn came to go in to King Ahasuerus after she had completed twelve months’ preparation, according to the regulations for the women, for thus were the days of their preparation apportioned: six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with perfumes and preparations for beautifying women. 13 Thus prepared, each young woman went to the king, and she was given whatever she desired to take with her from the women’s quarters to the king’s palace. 14 In the evening she went, and in the morning she returned to the second house of the women, to the custody of Shaashgaz, the king’s eunuch who kept the concubines. She would not go in to the king again unless the king delighted in her and called for her by name.

15 Now when the turn came for Esther the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her as his daughter, to go in to the king, she requested nothing but what Hegai the king’s eunuch, the custodian of the women, advised. And Esther obtained favor in the sight of all who saw her. 16 So Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus, into his royal palace, in the tenth month, which is the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. 17 The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. 18 Then the king made a great feast, the Feast of Esther, for all his officials and servants; and he proclaimed a holiday in the provinces and gave gifts according to the [l]generosity of a king.

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You need the grace like that of Esther; such grace gives you the favour to be selected for benefits and opportunities which cannot be awarded to everyone. With God’s grace you make achievements without putting much effort. If you find yourself putting much effort in what you need to achieve then that means you do not have the grace of God; you are using human grace.

Esther did not say, “I will dress better than the rest” but she remained quiet and the only thing she asked of the King [through Mordecai] was, “what does he want?” You need to understand the requirements of your desires and then work quietly to achieve them.  You don’t need to shout out to the world before your eggs are hatched; enemies will trample on your eggs and thus, fail to hatch.

Each woman was given the same time of 12 months’ preparation but not every woman was chosen. That means if you come to church regularly it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are the most favoured by God for His grace but it is out of your love for God. remember, it’s not about your actions but the love of God. none of your actions can motivate God to change or alter His favour upon your life but your love for Him. The same applies to your relationship with your boss; it’s not about your outstanding performance and effort in your work but how you position yourself to win the boss’ favour. How do you relate yourself with your boss? You need wisdom to understand the needs or expectations of your boos so as to win their favour. Talking too much or being argumentative does not work to win you favour. It’s not about how good you are in your work but understanding what your boss prefers most.

You need to faith in what you desire to achieve. Faith is an act; A NOW ACT. Faith is un-waivered trust in what is not yet there. Faith is a product of Hope. Wishing is not faith.

We give all glory to God. Mbiri kunaJesu.