Esther is a great example of why identity and vocation are entwined. No one but Esther could have accomplished what she did, because no one else was in her place. The opportunity was hers on account of who she was and who she became. Only a great beauty could become Queen. Only the Queen had access to the King. Only a courageous and intelligent Queen could defy her King and live. Only Esther could convince her husband he was blind to his enemies and in error concerning his policies.

The legendary line in the story occurs when Esther’s uncle, pleading with her to become something more than just a lovely face, reminds her God may have placed her in the King ‘s court “for such a time as this.”

Maybe we have all been placed in our jobs, in our families, and in the circumstances of our lives for such a time as this. Maybe the only person who could raise your children is you. Maybe the only person who could provide unconditional love for your spouse is you. Maybe you are the answer to the prayers of your people.

The church of the future will both model and embody an unbroken wholeness available to those in Christ Jesus. She will unify our passions and our purpose, our desires and our fantasies, our ambitions and our efforts, so that her people glorify God equally at work, at home, and in isolation.

Adapted from the upcoming book Then. Now. Next, about the future of the Church. When published, the book will be available at David’s Amazon author page.