So Haman took the robe and the horse, arrayed Mordecai and led him on horseback through the city square, and proclaimed before him, "Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!" (Esther 6:11)
There is no higher drama in literature than the story of Esther and her cousin Mordecai, a commoner elevated to the right hand of the king of Persia.
Because of her beauty, Esther received the king's favor and his hand in marriage.
But because of his integrity and service, Mordecai was given a royal robe and made the chief minister of the king.
Mordecai is a picture of the Christian who will be judged one day by Jesus Christ on the basis of service to the King (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).
- There will be royal rewards given to those who are found faithful -- not robes, but crowns which will ultimately be cast in worship before the throne of the King himself (Revelation 4:10)
As the parable of the talents reveals (Matthew 25:14-30), our assignment is to take what we have been given and use it for the Master -- to hear Him say, "well done, good and faithful servant."
- Because we are given the grace necessary to be faithful, it is only right that we use our talents wisely and cast our crowns before Him
Faithfulness in carrying out present duties is the best preparation for the future.