January 16, 2017

January 16, 2017

GENESIS 46-47

Focus Verse: “When Pharaoh calls you in and asks, ‘What is your occupation?’ you should tell answer, ‘Your servants have tended livestock from our boyhood on, just as our fathers did.’ Then you will be allowed to settle in the region of Goshen, for all shepherds are detestable to the Egyptians.”

Genesis 46:33-34

The security Joseph had in his identity in the Lord is remarkable throughout this entire account. It started in Genesis 41 which I wrote about two days ago, when Joseph tells Pharaoh that he doesn’t have the power to interpret dreams on his own without the Lord. We see it again today when Joseph instructs his family to tell Pharaoh they are shepherds, knowing full well that all of his Egyptian buddies will find this as a strike against Joseph.

Now let’s be real here…we’ve all been there with our families. Dad’s dropping us off at middle school and we are praying that he doesn’t scream something embarrassing as he’s driving off. Or Mom pulls up in the Ford Aerostar that needed a new muffler three months ago and sounds like every farmboy’s dream truck. But “loud pipes save lives” isn’t a bumper sticker that goes on minivans.

The typical response from anyone in America is that we want to put our best foot forward. And, again if we are being honest, sometimes, a lot of times, the foot we put forward isn’t even our foot. It’s a façade.

But Joseph has been called by God. Joseph is walking with God and is dependent on HIM for everything. This means that, in Joseph’s mind, the opinion of the highest political figure in the land, Pharaoh, doesn’t hold a candle to the opinion of God. His friends can make fun of him all they want; Joseph knows who he is, and more importantly, he knows where God has called his family to live, what God has called him to do, and he will suffer any familial embarrassment to keep in step with God.

Would we do the same? Are we so “in step” with the Spirit that no one else’s opinion matters? It’s not about the number of friends, the size of your congregation or how many likes you can get on your social media posts. It’s about walking in the Spirit; being obedient to what and whom God has called you to.

In John 6:28, Jesus is asked, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”

Jesus answers in verse 29, “The WORK (my emphasis) of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.”

Notice Jesus uses the singular work. There is one work for us to do: believe in Jesus Christ. We love to overcomplicate it, to make the works something that we can do for God. But the fact of the matter is this: our job is to believe in Jesus Christ and walk with Him. NOTHING else matters.

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