Esther 2:17 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
Baby girl, make sure you dress in a way that gains the favor of the king and allows the crown to be placed upon your head. All I can say is that dressing for purpose turns the head of the king and his court, and grants you grace and favor among the people. Getting prepared and dressed for purpose gives you the courage and confidence to command the room in which you belong. Remember, Esther gained favor with Hegai not just because of her natural beauty and her figure, but also because of the way she carried herself. With grace and humility, wisdom and virtue. Hegai and her seven maidens helped to physically prepare Esther to step into her purpose: combing her hair, bathing her in sweet perfumes, and dressing her according to the king’s liking. It was with Hegai’s advice that she went unto the king, and he was taken with her pure beauty. Knowing and understanding the King you are serving is a good solid start to begin to Dress for Purpose.
I bet when Esther put that dress on she walked into the king’s chambers with confidence. She might have been nervous, but I would like to think she was empowered through her preparation and was sure that she looked as one the king could foresee as a queen. Whoa, nelly! When he placed that crown on her head and called her queen it allowed her to walk in authority to go, do, and be exactly who God was calling her to be. Now, don't assume she had it all figured out because remember purpose does not change, it evolves. Esther didn't know that her position of queen was not just to replace queen Vashti and be a wife to the king, but it was to fulfill the will of God and protect his people.
I remember wanting to work as a hairstylist in LA years ago. I went to a swanky salon for an interview and the owner asked me a series of questions which I answered less than sure of myself, then he asked me a mortifying question. He said, "Why do you have your hair in a ponytail?" I blushed and said I didn’t have time to do my hair before coming here. He just said “Oh,” and let me go saying he would get back to me. My family asked how it went. I said I didn’t get the position because my hair wasn't done. They all thought that was a dumb reason not to get hired, but to me it made all the sense in the world. Confidence and courage shows up on the scene when you are prepared and dressed for your part.
It is when I am speaking before people about what I do, styling someone, or coaching a client into purpose that I feel the most uplifted and fulfilled. It is then that I am reminded that this is exactly where I'm supposed to be. When I feel that, I can’t help but be thankful for the gifts and talents that God has so graciously and richly bestowed upon me. I don't deserve it and in spite of me, He still gives. Thank you, Lord. It's when I'm working for the Lord with my gifts and talents that my purpose grabs the attention of those I serve and they crown me queen by booking services with me, seeking me out, and utilizing and implementing what I share with them. Lives being changed is what comes out of serving God when walking in our purpose.