Esther - The Queen
Scripture: The book of Esther
Esther was a hesitant leader, but eventually, she understood that, though she did not seek leadership, God had bestowed it upon her. The Persian king Xerxes needed a new queen after getting rid of his first one for disobedience. Esther won his heart but did not reveal her Jewish heritage as she stepped into her royal position. The king’s advisor Haman—in pursuit of his own glory—made a plan to exterminate the Jews. Esther’s uncle Mordeci sought her help. She was fearful, but Mordecai wrote to her with a reminder we all need when faced with the choice to act for God or not: “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13-14)
Esther, and followers of Christ in general, need to know that their times and places are not accidental but chosen. God was ready to move and Esther eventually decided to move with him. She went before Xerxes, even though doing so without permission could have cost her life, and in doing so saved her people.
Leadership lesson: The plans of God are not dependent on you, but you are invited to be a part of his amazing wonders.
Mary Mother of Jesus - The Mother
Scripture: Luke 1-2
Mary was young when God chose her to carry the baby that would save the world. She was approached by angels, wise men came to visit her son, and she witnessed her son being crucified for sins he did not commit. Her faith sustained her through these times, and though imperfect, she handled the miraculous and the traumatic with a heart that trusted in God.
Leadership lesson: Treasure the ways of God in your heart and you will always be rich.
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