Conditions for Abundant Life (Esther #6)

Text: Esther 2:12-14

These are the conditions the king is looking for to choose a bride.  The king of Persia has already dealt with a contentious wife, so he is much more careful to select who he’s going to marry and make the queen of Persia.  These ladies are already gathered at the palace and they will now be examined after a time of preparation.

In this selection process there is a time of purification, the desires are weighed, and fellowship in judged to see if the king will select the bride to be for an abundant life of royalty in the Persian empire.

In this preparation, there is a great type of the Lord himself requiring conditions before he can give of his abundant life.  This is not salvation, but it is the conditions of a fruitful life in Christ.  Just as whoever meets these conditions in Ahasuerus’ Persian kingdom will enjoy the blessings of royalty and blessings of the crown.

Condition of cleanness (vs 12)

  • Dirt and filth get in the way of an abundant life.
  • Justification by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ is the first step.  Sin is paid for and the soul is.
  • Clean heart
  • Clean mind
  • Clean testimony
  • Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
    • Isaiah 6:5-8 purifying a process.
    • Fruitfulness follows purging.
    • Proverbs 25:4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
  • Christianity that is just about getting clean, but never about service.

Condition of desires (vs 13)

  • The king will weigh the desires and affections.
  • Notice that Esther brings nothing extra (Esther 2:15).
    • Charm in the simplicity of Esther.
    • She doesn’t have a bunch of wants that get in the way.
  • Does what I want match what Jesus Christ wants?
  • The cares of this world will choke the words of God whether you’re saved or not
  • James 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
  • James 4:8 – He will test your desire and allow offenses

Condition of fellowship (vs 14)

  • Can we spend time together?
  • Sometimes we treat Jesus Christ like we can’t stand to be around him.
  • Be careful of service apart from fellowship with Jesus Christ
  • Consequences of service without your own personal fellowship with the Lord are several
    • Ignorance – you will miss things from the Lord that you need to hear.  Daniel spends personal time with the Lord in Daniel 2 and gets exactly what he needs to answer the king that day.  What happens if he fails to spend time with the Lord?  He just like we miss the things we need for the day.
    • Resentment – I’m the only one who does anything around here!  If you begin to think that first of all it’s not true.  Second of all, if you think that way, your motivation is wrong for service.
    • Burn out – that will lead to burnout because you trying to accomplish things for the Lord in your own power.  Eventually the wheels will come off and the train wreck will be manmade.
    • Bitterness toward the Lord – There is the trouble!  Your closeness to the Lord has grown distant and now it’s easy to see Him in the wrong light.
  • Neglect means trouble
    • Everything is trouble when the one, needful thing is neglected
    • Don’t show me what you do, show me what you leave undone and I’ll show you what kind of Christian you are.
    • It may not be wrong to be doing what you’re doing, but it may be in the wrong order.  Keep your priorities in order.
  • Fellowship with Jesus Christ is not wasted time
    • Time spent with Jesus Christ is NOT keeping you from doing the things you need to do.
    • Fellowship with Jesus Christ is not a distraction I have to fit into my day.