My devotional journal for today contained a lesson on Joseph. He was sold into slavery by his brothers and rose to rule all of Egypt as the king’s second-in-command. From that position, he could show his brothers his wonderful attitude and grace.
I have been thinking about this quite frequently lately. Position, like many other things, can enable a person to greater heights, or it can cause disastrous effects. Human beings often allow position to define them. They sometimes believe their successes and position define them as human beings. Such is dangerous.
There has been no shortage of politicians, national leaders, etc., who believed their high position guarantees an estimable place. For some, all of life has been a struggle to attain respectability. Some even believe that from a vaulted position they would be able to make the world better.
Joseph saw his position as a way to serve God, the people of Egypt and his family. He didn’t hate his brothers for selling him into slavery. Instead, he realized God had worked to save them all (Genesis 45:5).
I asked a question earlier today. It was the same question God asked Elijah: “What are you doing here?” Is my position keeping me from eternal life, or can I use my position to honor and serve God and help bring people to eternal life?
There are many brothers in preaching who may have forgotten that their primary responsibility is to glorify and serve God. Some continue in an exalted place because they make a comfortable living and wish to continue that. That’s all well and good as long as they can honestly answer the question, “What am I doing here?”