“It is true that integrity alone won't make you a leader, but without integrity you will never be one.” -Zig Ziglar
In way of the reality show, The Bachelor, the Persian King Ahasuerus issued a decree across his kingdom that he was looking for the beautiful woman to appoint as his queen. The king chose a Jew, Esther. Perhaps Esther first chalked up her Cinderella story as a bit of good luck, but when the story’s villain, Hamon sought to kill every Jew in the kingdom, Esther realized her queenly platform was God-ordained. God had given Esther her position for a purpose. Thus, she used her voice to speak out against genocide, and in dramatic fashion she risked her life to barge into the king’s private meeting to save her people, and the king favored her. Esther saved the Jews. Here’s a takeaway for us. It’s God’s favor that opens doors to us, but it’s our integrity that will keep those doors open. Bigger platforms and higher positions are usually accompanied with a greater weight of responsibility. Many people would break under this weight of responsibility, but not Esther, and hopefully not you or me either. Before we ask for God’s favor we must first ask ourselves: “Am I ready for it?” If so, great; but if not, let's ask God to instead mold us into men and women whom He is calling us to be. Having high character should always precede having a high position.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly (Psalm 84:11, ESV).