Especially during this season, as we celebrate the holidays with family and friends, Christians seek to honor the Father with our gratitude for all of His blessings—and most of all for His Son.
In light of this, let me take a moment to encourage you with a few reflections on the following passage in Esther, which I came across while doing a Bible study on generosity.
. . . the king loved Esther more than all the women, and she won grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. Then the king gave a great feast for all his officials and servants; it was Esther's feast. He also granted a remission of taxes to the provinces and gave gifts with royal generosity.
—Esther 2:17-18 (ESV)
Esther found favor and grace in the king’s sight. He loved her and made her queen and then gave a public announcement of his choice (through setting a royal crown on her head).
The king was so taken by Esther that he gave a feast in her honor. It was known as Esther’s feast and probably for days and weeks the people talked about it. Plus they benefited as well with having their taxes reduced.
Because of Esther and his love for her, the king also gave gifts with royal generosity. I imagine this meant they were extravagant and limited only by what was in his kingdom because he owned it all.
Our king, the Lord Jesus, loves us with unlimited grace and favor. We are precious in His sight, for He made us. By His grace, which He has lavished upon us, we have redemption and forgiveness (see Ephesians 1:7-8). He has set the seal of the Holy Spirit upon us to assure us of our eternal salvation and relationship with Him. We are greatly blessed by His generosity toward us and can’t help talking about it with others.
Because He’s blessed us, we are able to give to others. What does it mean for me to give gifts of royal generosity in the areas of my time, my energy, my possessions, my wisdom, my finances and love? God celebrates me, so what can I do to celebrate others?
Perhaps you can resonate when I say that those ministering with The Navigators have been so greatly blessed over the years. We have experienced His grace and mercy through life’s adventures and trials. He has proven faithful, and we know He loves us.
Therefore, let’s seek ways to give to others with royal generosity day by day. It starts with our family and friends, then those we love in the ministry and the world around us. It continues as we seek to impact generations and to train up our replacements.
He is still King and it remains His Kingdom, but we can play a huge role in bringing glory to the King. Wouldn’t you agree?
By way of application, I’ll leave you with a question for your consideration: What can I do today and during this season to reflect the love of the King to those around me and bless them with royal generosity?