Manna For Today: Friday, November 13, 2015
When we were born-again, we became born leaders. God’s Plan and Purpose for us include us leading, taking charge and accepting responsibility. God has made us His people with His Plan and He expects us to deliver on this.
Matthew 28:18-20 – Jesus came and told His disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
We don’t have to have a special passion to do what God has called us to do. While we may enjoy different giftings, there are those responsibilities that God has given that are one-size-fits-all.
Philippians 2:12-16 – Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. 14 Do everything without complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. 16 Hold firmly to the Word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.
Joseph, in the book of Genesis, illustrated for us an ability to lead, take charge and accept responsibility in the most unfavorable circumstances. While on assignment for his biological father to take a message to his brothers, he was attacked by them, thrown into a pit, left for dead then sold to some caravanning slave traders.
This is the first major setback Joseph experienced since God revealed his assignment to him. What’s important to note here is, how Joseph was impacted by these events in his next assignment.
It appears that Joseph successfully processed this major setback and excelled in his new assignment as a slave. He would be betrayed there resulting in a prison stint where he again excelled in leading, taking charge and accepting responsibility.
This is where he would also interpret dreams that allowed him to be brought to Pharaoh’s attention, where after interpreting Pharaoh’s dream, he would find favor that placed him in the position of second in charge to Pharaoh only.
God used his ability to lead, take charge and accept responsibility to rescue his family and God’s people at a critical juncture in their lives.
What difficulty are you going through right now that may be connected to your promotion and someone else’s deliverance?
My friend, be encouraged in your God knowing that tough times are a prelude to promotion and greater use by God. Read Joseph’s story in Genesis in its entirety and get ready to be a blessing!
Peace and blessings!