July 1st, 2011 by Kristi Stephens
Do you want to do big things for God? Have you ever prayed, “Lord use me?” Ever asked Him to grow your influence and show Himself big in your life?
That’s what I want. I think that’s what many of us want. But the road to greatness in the Kingdom is never an easy path.
The book of Genesis closes out with the story of a boy named Joseph. A boy destined for greatness since He was young, handpicked for a purpose, even shown glimpses of his future. But in order to end up where God wanted him, Joseph’s path was far from easy.
- He knew God had called him to do something great – and his brothers hated him for it. (Genesis 37:3-10)
- They hated him to the point of wanting him to die, of plotting ways to kill him. Eventually they decided to sell him into slavery in order to make a profit off of getting rid of him. (Genesis 37:19-27)
- Joseph was taken off to Egypt as a slave, while his brothers covered the tracks of their sin and left their father thinking he was dead. But the Lord was with him. (Genesis 39:2)
- He was a faithful and trusted servant in the household of Potiphar, Pharoah’s captain of the guard. Joseph was blameless and trustworthy – and then he caught the eye of Potiphar’s wife. She attempted to seduce him, and when he maintained his integrity, she accused him of attacking her. (Genesis 39:4-7)
- Joseph was thrown into prison. But the Lord was with him. (Genesis 39:28-32)
- He interpreted dreams, gave glory to God, and was forgotten for years. But the Lord was with him. (Genesis 40:8, 40:23-41:1)
And then eventually… Joseph was called from the dungeon, cleaned up, dressed, and brought to Pharaoh. And just like that – he was second in command under Pharaoh. (Genesis 41:14, 41:39-40) The Lord was with him.
God did have big plans for little Joe – but the journey from teenager tending sheep to a thirty year old ruler in Egypt who would save God’s people from starvation was not an easy one. It was an excruciating, humbling, heart-breaking journey of betrayal, slavery, false accusations, anonymity, and isolation. But through it all, the Lord was with him. The text seems to reverberate with the phrase: the Lord was with Joseph.
Do you want God to use you greatly? You may be wounded deeply along the way. In order to be great, we must become least. In order to serve the Almighty with humility and reverence, our pride must be vanquished or we will try to keep His glory as our own. You may be hated, betrayed, belittled, falsely accused, forgotten.
But through it all… the Lord will be with you.
Feel like you’re stuck in the dungeon of waiting, waiting for God’s greater plan to unfold, waiting for His timing? He has never forgotten you. He is molding you, shaping you, humbling you, teaching you. It’s not easy, but it’s a journey worth taking. It’s a legacy worth having. He is a God worth serving.
The Lord is with you.