This morning I was reading in Genesis the story of Joseph and how his brothers had sold him to a trader because they were jealous of his relationship with his dad. Potiphar, a right hand man to Pharaoh bought him. The interesting thing that I read after that was… “His master saw that the LORD was WITH him and the LORD caused all that he did to succeed in his hands.” Genesis 39
This made me think of my own work ethic and my own work situation. So many times I find myself boasting of how valueable I am to the company and how I feel I should be put in charge of more, how I should make more, and how my bosses should listen to my ideas, but the one thing I fail to ask myself is, “Can they see that the Lord is with me”? Does my life, my actions, my words reflect the very nature of God? Humbly I’d have to answer no for most things. We as a society have taken on the mindset where we think we deserve everything, and that everything should be handed to us. We value success by our bank accounts and our own achievements.
I wonder how successful some of us would be if we were like Joseph. The Bible says that whatever Joseph did, the Lord made him succeed. Even while he was in prison, God showed him favor and success. It’s amazing at the kinds of things that God can do in us, through us, and for us if we only live for Him. If we put Him first before all things and circumstances. We think that titles and positions matter, but for Joseph God made him successful and showed favor even in a prison setting!
My prayer is that the people around me would start to see that the Lord is WITH me as well. May I focus on God so much that success just follows. Not success in the world’s eyes, but through God’s eyes. May I radiate Christ in me, and may my hands, my words, and my thoughts work unto the Lord instead of unto man….
Thoughts from the mind of Jason…