The story of Joseph in the book of Genesis is one my favorite narratives in the Bible. There are so many lessons to be learned in this story. Today I read how Joseph was approached by Potiphar’s wife and tempted to commit adultery with her. If you know the story, Joseph turned down her attempts to lure him on several occasions. One day, Joseph explained to her that he could not commit this sin against his master or God. Joseph possessed impeccable character as seen in his response to Potiphar’s wife:
“But he refused and said to his master’s wife, ‘behold, because of me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my charge. He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except yourself, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?'” Gen 39:8-9
Joseph was a steward of his own character
Joseph understood how to be a steward of his own character. He recognized two things about his life that propelled him forward not only in promotion but in integrity. Joseph possessed many character qualities, but I want to highlight these two from which we can all learn a valuable lesson.
1. Steward the trust of man.
Joseph earned the trust of Potiphar to the point that he was placed in charge of all that Potiphar had. It’s a good reminder for us today that we have a responsibility to steward the trust that has been placed in us by men. Whether you are a CEO, Executive, Team Leader, Administrative Assistant, or part-time employee, you have been entrusted with responsibility. To steward the trust of man is to not take advantage of or abuse the position, but to be faithful and diligent because of the trust placed in you. Joseph teaches us that we should steward trust regardless of the condition of the job or the treatment by others. The stewardship of trust will either be a stepping stone or a stumbling block to promotion.
2. Steward the favor of God.
Joseph highlighted the fact that to betray his master’s trust would be a sin against God. Not only would he be sinning against God in adultery, but also in abusing the favor of God on his life. Joseph knew that his position was only attributed to the favor that God bestowed upon him in the eyes of Potiphar. You and I must understand we have a responsibility to steward the favor of God upon our lives. When we steward God’s favor, we demonstrate faithfulness and honor to God and those with whom we serve. Stewarding God’s favor is doing all that we do as unto the Lord for his glory; it’s serving in humility with confidence and excellence. The stewardship of God’s favor will either be a stepping stone or a stumbling block to promotion.
I am reminded today that how I steward the trust of man and the favor of God will either be a stepping stone for me to keep REACHING FORWARD for God’s best in my life or a stumbling block.
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