Beautiful! Like Esther... Beauty Ingredients: Courtesy
So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter. And the king said to her, 'What do you wish, Queen Esther?'... So Esther answered, 'If it pleases the king...'
Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.
Esther was courteous. As a Jew in Persia, as a subject of its king, she knew the customs of both cultures. By God's divine plan, she rose to the top.
Before Esther was Daniel. Daniel was courteous. To Nebuchadnezzar he said, 'You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of Heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength and glory' (Daniel 2:37). As a Jew in Babylon, as a subject of its king, he knew the customs of both cultures. By God's divine plan, he rose to the top.
After Daniel and Esther was Jesus. Jesus was courteous. As a Jew in Israel, as a Subject of Rome, He knew the laws of both cultures. When the rule-driven Pharisees tried to divide His purpose as the Son of God and a Servant of Caesar...
'He said to them, 'Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's' ' (Luke 20:25). By God's divine plan, Jesus rose to the very top.
After Daniel, Esther and Jesus was Paul. Paul was courteous. As a Pharisee in Israel who became a disciple of Christ, he knew the laws of both cultures. By God's divine plan, he rose to every occasion. Paul explained how:
'I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more... to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some' (1 Corinthians 9:19-22).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: be courteous. As Christians in the world, as performers for God, learn the laws of both cultures. By God's divine plan, you will rise. Contrary to popular opinion, it is possible. 'For nothing will be impossible with God' (Luke 1:37).
Can you reconcile both sets of rules? By the counsel of God's Holy Spirit, yes! When you see publicly professing Christians at the top of film, fashion, music, theatre, sports, academics and business... take heart. It's happening!
## Beautiful! Like Esther... Beauty Ingredients: Courtesy (Part 20)
NOTE: Parts 5-31 of this series are republished edits of a 2014 series called, Beautiful Like Esther. In them you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Beautiful! Like Esther series.