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Calling of Humility

Posted: Saturday, August 18

 Tyler Jensen // Worship Associate

Tyler Jensen // Worship Associate

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Esther 1:1-3:15
1 Corinthians 11:17-34
Psalm 35:17-28
Proverbs 21:19-20

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.

 

    Pride is such a big influence on people falling short of being used by God to their full potential.  We all struggle with it.  It’s such a natural tendency to want to do things our way, because we like our own ideas and think we know best.  However we can see God’s blessing pour out on Esther when she was willing to surrender to the wisdom of God and those around her.  Learning the ability to acknowledge that other people might know a better way than me has been one of the greatest gifts for me in leadership, but it was also one of the most difficult.  I had to fail at opportunities or miss opportunities God was laying out that I was too prideful to see.  

 

If I could encourage you to learn from Esther’s story, and what God has taught me in my life, it would be to keep a humble attitude in everything you do.  God wants to use you.  You just have to be willing and teachable to the people and teachers he puts in your life.