Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.
-Esther 2:17 NIV
Esther was a common Israelite girl. She moved with her adoptive father and many other Jews to a place called Susa. The king there was Xerxes. He held what was essentially a beauty contest to find a new queen. Esther won! I realize that this whole scenario may seem offensive these days, judging a woman based primarily on her looks is demeaning and shallow, but God was behind this, orchestrating these events to save His people, the Jews. The Bible tells us that Esther was beautiful. King Xerxes was looking for someone beautiful. By bringing Esther into a position of favor with Xerxes, God was carrying out His plan to rescue the Jews living there from certain death. A scoundrel in the city convinced Xerxes to kill the Jews. Xerxes didn’t know Esther was one of them. Esther went to Xerxes, revealed that she was Jew, and begged Xerxes to spare her people. Xerxes was enraged at the scoundrel who tried to have the Jews killed, and had him put to death instead. Esther points us to Jesus, who is perfect and holy, and who interceded on the cross to save us from certain death. Esther had gifts and abilities other than looking good. She was wise, courageous, and faithful. But it was her looks that got her foot in the door of the palace. My point is this. You have been given gifts as well. They may seem shallow, insignificant, and useless to you, but they may be useful in bringing the Good News of Jesus to others. Ultimately it’s love that will attract others to us and allow us to share what Jesus has done for us, and for them. Perhaps we haven’t all been blessed with good looks, but the love of Christ is always attractive. Let it show!