“And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them…”Genesis 40:4
Am I others minded? Will I serve the Lord and His people under any and all circumstances regardless of the outcome to me? “The Spirit-filled life,” as A.W. Tozer writes, “is not, as many suppose, a life of peace and quiet pleasure. It is likely to be something quite the opposite.” Is this what we see in Joseph’s life?
What a testimony and encouragement Joseph’s life is to those who “hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.” A young man thrown into a pit and sold into slavery by his own brothers who found himself in a foreign land. While arriving in Egypt, he is purchased by Potiphar who was a high ranking official with Pharaoh.
Joseph found favor with Pharaoh, God made it so. After being placed over all of Potiphar’s household, Joseph was blamed for something he did not do and was placed in prison. Once again, however, he finds favor with the master of the prison and is put in charge of all the prisoners as a result of God’s providence.
As Joseph is given charge over the prisoners we find that he served them. He did not rule over them as a tyrant, he cared for them as a loving shepherd. In fact, when two new prisoners arrived, he notices they are sad and he reached out to them with compassion.
Joseph served others when it counted the most. When it seemed life was unfair and while in a dungeon he still served others. Jesus, when He hung on the cross for our sins, served us by going willingly to death and suffered separation from the Father in our place. And, when we believe that in our hearts by faith and confess Him with our mouths, we shall be saved.
May we remember what He has done and that He has risen! And, when we are in dark places in life, may we remember to continue to serve others no matter what the circumstances, as Jesus did for us.