Commit to Excellence
- Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Editor's note: This article originally appeared on The Christian Pulse. Used with permission.
As I sit here and write this, I am, myself, in that transition phase. We all go through those phases. Those places in our lives where we are in a wilderness, looking forward to the manifestation of what is in our heart. Or in a pit, feeling completely forgotten by the world and God; mulling over the promises you know deep within that must come to pass.
So, how do we get there? How do we rise above our circumstances? Can it be that we were made for something more?
I believe that there are various ways God wants to get us to where we are fulfilling our destiny. This is an issue we will have all our lives. The journey of life is a rollercoaster: up and down, exciting and scary, then moments that feel as smooth as glass and you glide in the air effortlessly.
The following three examples are in no way the only places where you might be in a transition. It’s only the three I want to focus on for right now. If you haven’t been in one of these places yet, you will be at some point in your life.
May the truths of God’s Word prepare you for where you are at and where you are destined to be.
What is the secret to staying the course? Let's examine the life a perfect example of working in the marketplace – Joseph.
1. Sometimes even the people you love might be offended or envious
"Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty [pieces] of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt" (Genesis 37:28).
2. Sometimes you will be accused of something you didn't do
"And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners [were] bound: and he was there in the prison" (Genesis 39:20).
3. Sometimes people will forget the promises they made to you
"And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand: But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them. Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him" (Genesis 40:21-23).
Joseph is a perfect example of the opportunities that can open up in the marketplace for you when you commit your way to the Lord. Although his own siblings were envious and offended at his calling, Joseph didn't allow even slavery to deter him from what he was called to do. Wherever he ended up, he did his best, and advancement came. And even when he was falsely accused and thrown into jail, instead of complaining and murmuring, he kept on doing his best, in spite of the circumstances. While all around him the world mocked him by trying to "bring him down", Joseph continued in the way of excellence. While the world was organizing circumstances to bring destruction, God's plan was working in the circumstances to bring Joseph into the fulfillment of his destiny:
God's answer to #1: While in slavery, God's favor and mercy caused promotion
"And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD [was] with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all [that] he had he put into his hand. And it came to pass from the time [that] he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field" (Genesis 39:5).
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