Calling of Humility
Posted: Saturday, August 18
1 Corinthians 11:17-34
Verse of the Day:
When it was Esther’s turn to go to the king, she accepted the advice of Hegai, the eunuch in charge of the harem. She asked for nothing except what he suggested, and she was admired by everyone who saw her. (Esther 2:15)
Have you heard the saying, “God doesn’t call the equipped, he equips the called”? The more time I spend in ministry of any kind, the more I see that play out. People with stage fright overcome that fear to be some of the best worship leaders. People with broken pasts have the best testimonies. People with fear of public speaking often become some of the greatest preachers. In some cases, it’s a matter of God doing a supernatural work in our lives to help us grow past these hindrances in our human nature. In other cases, we have to work at something enough to move past it with God’s help. Often times he might use other people to instruct us and give us guidance, which is what happens here in this story with Esther.
Esther’s calling came at one of the most crucial times in Jewish history. Their entire nationality was about to be threatened with extinction by the King and his advisor, and God knew he needed Esther in a position to influence those decisions. She could have refused this calling out of fear. She could have let pride influence her into thinking she was already good enough as is, or that she could figure it out on her own. Instead, we see repeatedly throughout her story that she accepts the guidance given to her, whether through her uncle Mordecai, or in this case, Hegai who was preparing her to first meet the king. It seemed like such a simple thing, but Esther was able to accept that someone else knew more than her in this area, and therefore God was able to use Hegai to prepare Esther for the huge calling she was going to fill. All of this happened because Esther was humble enough to accept instruction.