Luke 22:39-71; Genesis 40; Psalm 31
I’ve always been intrigued by the story of Joseph. He was definitely a child of privilege. He grew up the favorite son of a very wealthy man and he made sure his other brothers knew it. He believed that he was destined for greatness and he was not afraid to brag about it to his family. As we know the final outcome, that belief was true. But God had to prepare Joseph for greatness. “Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief wine steward and the chief baker, and he put them under arrest with the commander of the royal guard in the same jail where Joseph was imprisoned.” (Genesis 40:2-3) Joseph’s brothers sold him as a slave. He was put into prison on a false charge of attempted rape. He was in a prison so bad that when Pharaoh was upset that’s where he sent people. It was as a slave and a prisoner, though, that he learned to serve. It was as a servant that Potipher recognized his abilities and put Joseph in charge until the false accusation. It was his service in prison that led the jailer to make Joseph his number one trustee. Joseph ultimately became the power behind the throne in Egypt, but it would never have happened if he hadn’t learned to serve. Fortunately, we don’t need to go to prison to learn to serve. As followers of Jesus Christ, we have ample opportunities to serve. Sometimes we don’t want to serve. Sometimes we rebel against serving. The key to true greatness in God’s kingdom, though, is how well you serve.
Lord, I keep wanting to be served. I want others to take care of me and do my bidding. Yet, You have called me to a life of service. Remind me of my calling. Let me serve You in humility. Let me find joy in service as I show others Your greatness and love through that service.