It was clear that I was on show and I was keen to look as good as I could.
Reference: v.1 Three days later Esther dressed in her royal robes and took up a position in the inner court of the palace in front of the king’s throne room. The king was on his throne facing the entrance. (The Message Bible)
Explore: I’m not the most glamorous fashionista, but I do like to present myself well in front of others. Of course, the day I was most aware of this was on my wedding day. I had my make-up done professionally, a hairdresser came to the house to do my hair, and my wedding dress was the most expensive piece of clothing I have ever (and will ever) buy. It was clear that I was on show and I was keen to look as good as I could.
Application: On my wedding day I was presenting myself to 300 of my family and friends and this made me quite nervous. However, this feeling pales in comparison to what Queen Esther must have been feeling when she presented herself before one man… the King. She needed to persuade him to change his orders in having the Jews killed, however, just presenting herself to him could be a fatal move. Imagine the time and effort she put into her appearance when she knew that she was to present herself to the King that day. Each and every day we present ourselves to a king, in fact, He is the King of kings, our God. However, He is not concerned in our outward appearance, but how our heart is presented before Him. We spend so much time on how we look that we sometimes forget to work on our attitude, our character and our actions. While we tend to spend time thinking about how we look to other people, our main concern should be what our heart is like in front of the King of kings.
Prayer: Lord, forgive my conceit. Help me to focus on the image of my heart rather than my outward appearance. Amen.
How can you work on your heart’s appearance?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.