Sometimes I read the story of Joseph and I just feel so bad for him. First being sold by his brothers as a slave and then being jailed for something he didn't even do. And yet through all of it, he is so faithful to the Lord!
I just love how Joseph reacts when tempted to cheat with Potiphar's wife:
"Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master's wife took notice of Joseph and said, "Come to bed with me!"
"But he refused. "With me in charge," he told her, "my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?" - Genesis 39:6b-9How honoring Joseph is to his master even when he isn't there. Now this of course backfires a teeny bit because Potiphar's wife lies to her husband and accuses Joseph of rape, but even then Joseph is honoring to God.
Joseph knew he had earned the trust of his master and could not squander it. He was honoring to his master even in the face of temptation.
Joseph knew what had been entrusted to his care and was careful to preserve it.
As Christ-followers we have many things entrusted to our care. We've been chosen as stewards of money, houses, jobs, skills, time and more. We've also have a few other really important things that God has trusted us with - the gospel and salvation message, the sharing of His word, and the teaching of other disciples.
"And the things that you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable me who will also be qualified to teach others"Can you believe it?! God has chosen us as tools to make sure His message of salvation spreads through out the world! Seriously, that is such a priviledge!
Just like Joseph was careful to honor his master by not abusing his trust, we must be careful to honor our Master. We must be good stewards of what he has put in our care.
Good stewards of our money by giving first to his kingdom.
Good stewards of our time by investing it in ways that are eternally significant.
Good stewards of our possesions by knowing who they really belong to (not us!).
Good stewards of our unique skills by using them to glorify God. (shameless plug for the Uniquely Made Women's Conference here! If you don't know what this looks like in your life you might consider checking it out! Plus it's only $40!)
Good stewards of the gospel by sharing it with others and leaving the results up to God.
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