So far I have dealt with the 1st principle of the ministry mindset which is found in Romans 8:28. I call this principle the principle of peace because it keeps our mind stayed on Jesus (see Isaiah 26:3). I will now deal with the 2nd principle of the ministry mindset which is expressed in Colossians 3:23 &24 and reads as follows:
3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. (Emphasis supplied).
I call this principle the principle of excellence because it tells us 2 very important things that result in excellence. Those 2 things are:
- We do not serve or work for mankind, we work for God.
- Therefore, whatever we do, do it to the best of our ability and God will reward us.
We see this principle at work in the life of Joseph when we read Genesis 39:1-3 which says:
39:1 And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither. 39:2 And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 39:3 And his master saw that the LORD [was] with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand. Genesis 39:1-3 (Emphasis supplied).
In Genesis 39:2 we see both the 1st and 2nd principle of the ministry mindset at work. The 1st principle can be seen in the phrase, And the LORD was with Joseph. The reason the Lord was with Joseph is because Joseph had ministry mindset and therefore saw what looked to be a terrible situation as an opportunity to glorify God. In other words, he told himself that God was allowing all of this to happen so he could accomplish the purpose for which God had called him (Romans 8:28): Therefore, whatever God placed in front of him to do he would do it to the best of his ability because he served God and not man (Colossians 3:23&24). As a result of this way of thinking we also read in Genesis 39:2, and he was a prosperous man. Not only that, we read in Genesis 39:3 &4 this very important statement:
And his master saw that the LORD [was] with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand. 39:4 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. (Emphasis supplied).
If Joseph hadn’t lived by principles 1 and 2 of the ministry mindset his master would not have seen that he Lord was with him and caused all that Joseph did to prosper: Had Joseph’s master not seen this he would not have made Joseph his overseer and put all that he had in Joseph’s hand.
In summary, we can see how the first 2 principles of the ministry mindset were absolutely necessary for Joseph to live by in order to stay on the path to God-size success. However, there is 1 more principle that we must live by in order to reach the total fulfillment of God’s purpose for our lives: I call that principle, the principle of endurance.
Next week I will begin to deal with the final principle of the ministry mindset. Until then I leave you with this portion of scripture spoken by Jesus to ponder and pray over:
5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16 (Emphasis supplied).