Can you be Influential?

Are you aware there is a book in the Bible where the name of God is not even mentioned? This ten-chapter book (which incidentally takes up a mere seven pages in my Bible) tells the story of a young woman who wields immense influence in the life of her husband and ultimately an entire race of the Lord’s people.

This remarkable woman, was the original Cinderella. Now, before you shut me out because life is so unfair as to actually make riches out of rags, it was not her steep social climb that made Queen Esther a heroine and a woman after which to model your life. What made Esther amazing was her profound relationship with the God of creation. It was through this relationship that Esther used her influence to ultimately change the course of history.

Orphaned as a young child, Esther lived in Persia under the care and guidance of her Jewish Uncle Mordecai, who refused to obey the King’s command to bow down and pay honor to his highest official. See, Mordecai was not willing to bend the knee to any but his Creator and it was this faith and strength of character that was daily woven into Esther’s very being.

It was after the King’s hasty divorce and public dismissal of his queen that Esther was catapulted into the world of Persian Royalty.  However, Esther’s uncle advised her to remain quiet about her Jewish heritage because the Jews were exiles living in Persia. But when the king’s highest official became enraged at Mordecai for refusing to bow down to him, a plot was devised to destroy not only Mordecai, but also all the Jews living in Persia.

It was at this point that Mordecai urged Esther to enter the King’s presence to beg for mercy and plead with him for her people. Queen Esther's uncle through Godly wisdom sent her the following words, “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 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 royal position for such a time as this?” (4:13-14). I believe it was at this point that Esther understood that through God’s sovereignty, she had won the favor of the king and she could be used to spare God’s people.

Because of her trust in the God of her uncle, she approached the king with the courageous attitude of “If I perish, I perish” (4:16). Ever so respectfully, Esther approached the king, revealed her background and the plot that was about to be carried out against the Jews. The king had been so pleased with Esther that he granted her request to rescue her people from death.

The Lord had brought Esther to a place where only she could influence the most powerful man in her world. Her faith and courage in the Almighty gave her immense influence with her husband and she used it for good. Esther could easily have manipulated her place with the king, yet she wisely used the favor she had been granted. She humbly served her husband and provided peace and calm for him. Then she was able to save an entire race of humanity, the race through which our Savior Jesus Christ was born.

Still not convinced that we as women hold immeasurable influence? Look at Acts 13:50, the Jews of this time were trying to prevent the spread of the Gospel so they “incited the God-fearing women . . . and leading men.” Don’t you find it interesting that in a time when men were regarded more highly than women, the first group mentioned is women? The enemy knew that through stirring up the women they would influence the men.

Consider how much influence you as a woman yield. How do you use your influence? At work? With men? With friends? At church? In Memphis? Ladies, I urge you to be aware of the gift of influence with which you have been entrusted. Use it wisely for you may single-handedly influence an entire generation for Christ.

Posted by Amanda Savage at 7:41 PM