Feminine Leadership

Esther: Feminine Leadership

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http://westwicklowfestival.com/wp-cron.php?doing_wp_cron=1522183853.5512030124664306640625 Welcome to the feminine leadership series here on CCG!

go here The Bible is filled with wonderful examples of feminine leadership, but what do we mean by that exactly?

Feminine leadership is using your God given femininity to lead. It is not leading like a man, it is leading like the woman you are and using your spiritual gifts to further Gods kingdom.

Each week we will look at a different example of women from the Bible who personify feminine leadership.

This week- Esther!

Esther’s First Act of Leadership

We are introduced to Esther in the book of Esther- our first indication that this lady is someone of note! Esther 2:7-10 says:

“He was bringing up Hadassah, that is Esther, the daughter of his uncle, for she had neither father nor mother. The young woman had a beautiful figure and was lovely to look at, and when her father and her mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter. So when the king’s order and his edict were proclaimed, and when many young women were gathered in Susa the citadel in custody of Hegai, Esther also was taken into the king’s palace and put in custody of Hegai, who had charge of the women. And the young woman pleased him and won his favour. And he quickly provided her with her cosmetics and her portion of food, and with seven chosen young women from the king’s palace, and advanced her and her young women to the best place in the harem. 10 Esther had not made known her people or kindred, for Mordecai had commanded her not to make it known.”

Esther displays an important quality here- she listens to Mordecais wise counsel about not revealing who her people were. Leaders must always be open to wise counsel for no one can lead alone! How often are you open to wise counsel? Could you keep a secret as big as Esther’s if you were instructed to?

 

Esther’s Second Act of Leadership

We see Esther’s second act of leadership shortly after this, in verses 20-23.

20 Esther had not made known her kindred or her people, as Mordecai had commanded her, for Esther obeyed Mordecai just as when she was brought up by him. 21 In those days, as Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, Bigthan and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, became angry and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. 22 And this came to the knowledge of Mordecai, and he told it to Queen Esther, and Esther told the king in the name of Mordecai. 23 When the affair was investigated and found to be so, the men were both hanged on the gallows.[a] And it was recorded in the book of the chronicles in the presence of the king.

Such a POWERFUL verse!

First, Esther shows true leadership through following Mordecais instruction not to reveal her people to the King. Good leaders know when to take wise counsel, and Esther certainly demonstrates this. She then takes the information Mordecai discovers and takes it straight to the King himself! This was a brave act of leadership given the context of the time and shows Esther at this point was truly a feminine leader in the making. Ask yourself, what would you have done? Your answer will reveal a lot about the current strength of your leadership ability.

But Esther isn’t done yet! As we know, the plot thickens!

Esther’s Third Act of Leadership

If it please the king, let it be decreed that they (The Jewish People) be destroyed, and I will pay 10,000 talents[a] of silver into the hands of those who have charge of the king’s business, that they may put it into the king’s treasuries.” 10 So the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews. 11 And the king said to Haman, “The money is given to you, the people also, to do with them as it seems good to you.”

Esther sends word of this to Mordecai, and his reply is a perfect example of God speaking:

Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. 14 For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” 15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, 16 “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.”[a] 17 Mordecai then went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him.

Esther had an incredibly tough choice to make here in her third act of leadership.

She could stay quiet about her Kindred and save herself, or tell the King the truth and save her people possibly at the expense of her own life. I don’t know about you but that’s a decision I would be terrified to make! Of course, Esther is led by God and declares a fast for three days to appease Him before she goes to the King. Still- she didn’t know if she would die or not. She wasn’t given ‘the whole picture’. Yet, she proceeded  and trusted God to lead her.

How often do we turn to God in difficult moments and let him lead, rather than trying to lead ourselves? A big part of being a feminine leader is knowing that God leads us, we do not and cannot lead effectively without him. We must be open to his wisdom, always.

We all know how the story ends- Esther saves the Jewish people and her life is spared. However, this is only because she was open to listening to God and heeding his word. Imagine a different outcome whereby she listened to her flesh and either kept quiet to save herself, or simply rushed in to tell the King who she was and hoped for the best? Neither would have ended well.

Lessons Learnt From Esther

We must be open to Wise Counsel.

We must be led by God.

We must trust where God is leading us, even when we cant see the big picture.

How did you enjoy this study of Esther In the context of leadership? Comment down below!

4 thoughts on “Esther: Feminine Leadership

  1. I think Esther is a good example of truly feminine leadership and of humble leadership as well. She wasn’t above listening to others, whether her uncle or God. She wasn’t lording her leadership over people. She humbly took instruction from others and used the power and position she had, not for her own sake, but for the sake of others. She stuck out her neck, not to save herself, but to save others. I think that’s the kind of leader God wants us all to be, no matter what our gender is. I think it’s especially apropos to women though. I feel like a lot of women think they need to display their power if they’re in positions of leadership because they think they have something to prove. That’s not what Esther does at all. She serves as a servant leader for her people, something we should all follow her in. Thanks for the post!

  2. “It is not leading like a man, it is leading like the woman you are and using your spiritual gifts to further Gods kingdom.”

    I LOVE this line. God made men and women different not because they have different value but because they are complementary.

    “The world doesn’t need what women have; it needs what women are.” -Saint Edith Stein

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