Last week we looked at how the 1st principle of ministry mindset played out in the life of Joseph. That principle is found in Romans 8:28 which says:
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. (Emphasis supplied).
When Joseph was sold by his brothers because of their hatred of him he was initially torn by overwhelming grief and despair. But he was reminded of the dream that God had given him and he determined in his heart that from that time forward he was going to live by the promise expressed in Psalms 37:3-6 which reads as follows:
37:3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; [so] shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass. (Emphasis supplied).
Joseph realized that the God who gave him that dream was able to make that dream a reality if he would only surrender fully to God daily and depend on His promises. In other words, Joseph chose to live by the ministry mindset: It was this mindset that caused Joseph no longer see himself to be in the tragic throes of a dilemma but to see himself rather on the thrilling threshold of God’s divine plan.
This is also what will happen to everyone who makes a decision daily to only live to accomplish God’s purpose for their lives and prays this prayer daily:
“Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine. I lay all my plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide with me, and let all my work be wrought in Thee.”
This daily prayer will not only empower you to live by the 1st principle of the ministry mindset. It will also empower you to live by the 2nd principle of the ministry mindset which is expressed in Colossians 3:23&24:
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.
Next week we are going to look at how this principle was played out in the life of Joseph. Until then I leave you with this portion of scripture to ponder and pray over:
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).