Live With Passion, Not Passivity

She was a fearless woman, willing to give up her very life for the cause. Nothing could stop her from doing it. She knew it was worth it. She knew God had put her on earth for this.

With courage in her heart and boldness in her eyes, she approached the king unannounced, an act no one dared to do unless they were willing to die. But she was willing to die. She proved it through her actions.

Esther was a remarkable woman. She shreds the “biblical womanhood is wimpy” perception to pieces. She was anything but a wimp! She was more bold and courageous than most of us will ever dream of being.

Esther knew who her God was, and because of that, she lived a radically bold life.

She changed the course of world history. And not just her history; she changed our history. Her willingness to obey God and face her greatest fears preserved God’s people and the bloodlines Jesus would come from. God wasn’t looking for a weak, spineless, wimpy woman to do the job Esther accomplished. He needed a woman with a backbone and a woman with courage.

I wish more of us lived with Esther’s mindset. I wish more of us would channel the strength God’s given us into worthy and noble causes. I wish we would stop wasting our lives away on meaningless pursuits and instead live with eternity in mind.

Unfortunately, we often ignore stories like Esther’s. We ignore the brave, fearless women that God uses in Scripture, women like Abigail, Deborah, Ruth, Mary (the mother of Jesus), and the woman who boldly washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and perfume.

We brush past those stories and instead believe the lie that biblical womanhood is for the weak and wimpy. We believe the lie that God wants women to be spineless doormats who do nothing with their lives. When we take the time to really look at the stories of women like Esther, we see that sort of wimpy womanhood does not come from God.

God is not calling women to passivity but to live passionate lives for Him.

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The more I’ve studied God’s Word, the more passionate my life has become. The more I’ve understood His design for my femininity, the more bold, brave, and courageous my life pursuits have become. In fact, those who know me best would laugh if you said I was a doormat, passive, spineless, or anything along those lines.

I’m a woman who’s chosen to fully embrace true biblical womanhood (not the biblical womanhood our culture twists the idea into), and it’s left me with a focus that I can passionately pour my life into.

Biblical womanhood isn’t about hiding a woman’s brains or strengths. Biblical womanhood is simply about taking all of that strength and channeling it into a God-glorifying direction.

Let’s look in Scripture at Esther’s life and see what she was facing. Ask yourself if you’d have the guts to live like her. I’ll give you just a snippet of her story, but you can click here to read the whole thing.

Bold, Brave, Queen Esther

And they told Mordecai what Esther had said. Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai,“Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.” Mordecai then went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him (Esther 4:12–17).

Esther did approach the king. She put her entire life on the line and saved the people he was set to destroy. She was willing to go against the norm and live differently. She was willing to look weird in the king’s eyes and potentially embarrass herself in front of the entire kingdom. She was willing to put her life on the line for something bigger than herself.

When it comes to living for your King, Jesus Christ, are you willing to live this boldly? Are you willing to look weird in the world’s eyes to live for Jesus? Are you willing to trade in the life you love for something . . . bigger?

Hear me, God does not want you to live a passionless or pointless life.

He has so much more in store for you. Will you be willing to do as Esther did and live for “such a time as this”? Will you be faithful and bold in the areas God is calling you to be?

About Author

Bethany Baird

After a brief experience in the modeling industry, Bethany’s eyes were opened to how self-absorbed and lost her generation of young women really are. She and her older sister were inspired to start a blog (www.GirlDefined.com) and wrote a book Girl Defined: God’s Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity and Identity. Their passion is to help young women find God’s truth about beauty and womanhood and the freedom that comes from living a radically different life for Christ.

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  • Trinity

    Thank you!

  • Jenny Gericke

    I was just thinking about confidence this week…Satan likes to tear me down so I am not bold or active for Christ. He makes me think I am weak and incapable. This was a great reminder to not let those lies get to me!

  • Shanae B

    Great post, very true!

  • Melanie

    It can be hard to be a bold sometimes. Especially to not be afraid to stand up for what I believe with the people I work with. It’s so easy to be quiet when I know I should say or do something. Often I want to tell someone about God ,but my fears of what could happen get the best of me.