The Lovely Maturing of a Lovely Young Lady

 

From the beginning of chapter four in Esther to the end we see the growth and maturity of a young woman.   The chapter starts out with Esther not having a clue what was going on around her.  She is oblivious to the fact that it is a ruling from the palace she is calling her home, it is her own husband that has put forth a decree that will reek terrible havoc on her own people, the people of her ancestry, her own beloved cousin, Mordecai.  She finds out her people are in the streets, mourning and crying, but she doesn’t have a clue why nor does she even bother to find out, until Mordecai refuses her change of clothing for him.  Then it dawns on her that perhaps maybe more is going on here than meets the eye.  She does not understand that God has placed her where she is for a reason.  She evidently selfishly thought she is put in this place of power, this place in the palace to sit on cushy pillows, eat sumptuously and have servants wait on her.

But then we see her slowly start to understand, change, grow and mature as the chapter continues.  For when Mordecai tells her all that is going on and he urges her to take it up with her husband she fires back; do you understand what you are asking me to do Mordecai for I could be killed if I do what you ask.  Her proclivity is the desire to live and Mordecai simply answers with, if you don’t step up and be part of the solution, for God will save us with or without you, then you will die anyway.  And tell me this Esther, how do you know you have not come into the kingdom for this very time and this very reason?

At that point she could have just stepped out and let God provide deliverance in another manner, but she ‘puts her big girl panties on’ and does a little more growing up.  She sends a message back, requesting that Mordecai and all Jews pray for her as she proceeds with this seemingly inexorable assignment.  At this juncture the greatest submission is spoken that anyone can ever utter, the most extraordinary words of love and service that can ever be proclaimed, the exceptional culmination of maturity that can ever be expressed is declared with her words, “if I perish, I perish.”

She goes from not even being aware of someone’s tremendous need, to awareness of the need, to arguing that there is nothing she can do about the need, to recognizing that indeed there is something she can do, and last though certainly not least, acknowledging that no matter what it cost, she will in fact, do something about that need.

There are needs all around you.  The first step of maturity is to become aware of those needs, acknowledge the needs of another, and though you may be reluctant at first, to willingly be a part of the solution, no matter what the cost.  That is the level of maturity a true Christian should exhibit, it is nothing less than what Christ exhibited.

 

“Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”  (John 15:13 KJV).