“And this is how she would go to the king: Anything she wanted was given her to take with her…When the turn came for Esther to go to the king, she asked for nothing...The king loved Esther…and she found favor and kindness with him…so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen” Esther 2:13, 15, 17.
This little teenager name Esther was up against some of the most beautiful girls in all the surrounding areas. Each one of them had everything at their fingertips to enhance their beauty. The most gorgeous garments, intoxicating fragrances no doubt, jewelry to adorn every part of their body, and the shoes….let’s not even go there as women. The culture for which they had found themselves over the past 12 months had no doubt been a focus on image and beauty …competition and entitlement. And yet, Esther chose to trust the eunuch. We are not told what he encouraged her to take to the king because it is not important. Whatever was taken or not taken to the king made her stand out and set her apart from the others.
We are not much different in our daily walk as we live in earthly palaces indoctrinated with image, beauty tips, competition, and eyes on the earthly prize, whatever it may be. Our King never intended on us to all look alike, think alike and focus on the earthly things of this world. The less we have when we come to Him we more we gain from Him. The more we appear to be set apart from others in this world the more beauty we radiate.
When we approach our King there is nothing we need to bring with us – He owns everything we have and made us everything we are. When we come to Him in our spiritual bareness, we leave His presence with the fragrance of Christ. We waltz out in His beautiful robes of righteousness and He crowns us with His glory. We come into His presence with little of ourselves and leave with the fullness of our King.