Passage: Gen 41 (NIV)
When God is more than Gold!
38 So Pharaoh asked them, “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God[a]?”
41 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” 42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. 43 He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command,[b] and people shouted before him, “Make way[c]!” Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt. 44 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt.” 45 Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On,[d] to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt. (Gen 41, NIV) -emphasis added
Once Pharaoh recogonized that Joseph was a man with the spirit of God, Pharaoh “loaded” Joseph with authority and responsibility
Pharaoh knew that someone like Joseph would do a good job
But Joseph made it a point, never to make Pharaoh his “god”
Joseph always put the almighty God first. This is one area where many of us fail
In order to “get things done”, many people try to please/worship the people
That can “backfire”! If we put God first, He will never let us down
David and Daniel did the same thing; they always put God first
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Mat 6, NIV) –emphasis added
5 Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. 6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. (Ps 34, NIV) –emphasis added
Jesus gave his disciples the authority and power. He has given us His “signet ring”, the authority that is his own so that we can use His name freely
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Mat 28, NIV)
All authority in heaven and on earth was given to Jesus
Jesus is the head of the church; but one day, every knee shall bow and every tongue will say, “Jesus is Lord”. He will be the judge of the world
In Ephesians, we see that He will unite that which is in heaven and that which is on the earth- the true church, redeemed by His blood and His work!
Do we really know our authority and reponsibility?
May God bless your day!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for the authority, the power, the “signet ring” you have given us so that in your name we can go and minister to people and bring them the deliverance and healing to their spirit, soul and body. Amen!
“When God is First, He will make us the best!”