In the world but not of it

June 2, 2010

Blessings all around us…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

From the day Joseph was put in charge of his master’s household and property, the LORD began to bless Potiphar’s household for Joseph’s sake. All his household affairs ran smoothly, and his crops and livestock flourished. Genesis 39:5

The story of Joseph brings with it much encouragement and conviction. Encouragement because we see how the Lord had His hand upon him and continued to protect and provide for Joseph. Conviction because we see how, in difficult and somewhat dire circumstances, Joseph proved to be faithful and diligent wherever he was placed.

The passage before us is one such passage of conviction. It calls out a deep truth that we, as believers in Egypt (used in scripture to refer to the “world”), need to see and keep in our hearts at all times. This truth is that our walk with the Lord, our commitment to Him and our intent to do everything as unto the Lord not only blesses us but always spills over to those we touch.

We forget this when we become selfish and focus more on our comfort and convenience. Joseph knew His God and despite where the Lord had allowed him to end up, he did his work faithfully.

Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 3:2-3 “You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart”…

In other words, people read our lives and learn more about us from what we do rather than what we say. If our lives are committed to Christ then as the Lord blesses the work of our hands those around us are blessed also.

Potiphar saw this first hand. This young man was a treasure to him. Joseph displayed all the character traits that were uncommon in Potiphar’s circle and he watched his own home prosper through the diligence and integrity of Joseph…

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