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Mike-You ask a tough question and if I were to give you an answer off of the top of my head, I would say, “Certainly, if given the opportunity and asked to lead I would lead just like Joseph, but alas I don’t think that is true. I have heard it said that a really great leader knows how to lead because he learned his leadership craft in serving others. So I think the question should first be, “Have I learned how to serve others with joy even in the dungeon?”

“If the purpose of a thing is not understood abuse is inevitable.” Quote from Myles Monroe author of the book, “Pursuit of Purpose.”

Truthfully it can only be in the role of a servant that one would learn the purpose of leadership and it would take great wisdom to weald that power with an eye for the Big Picture and not ones own personal agenda. Great leaders cannot rule from a place of pain or resentments they may have developed while in servitude. A great leader would have to operate in forgiveness. A great leader would have to be a great servant. I don’t think I’ve been that great of a servant, in fact I’ve been a lousy one.

Grace and peace, she said, with a lot of self-reflection to do during the day.

Ramona

I think Ramona raises some great points about having learned to serve first, before being ready to lead with integrity. I think also that Joseph is a great example of the purpose of suffering in our lives...all of it was used to mold him into a person of through and through integrity. When faced with suffering we can either cling to God or we can rebel, and he chose closeness to God, and it matured him into a mighty servant-leader.

Just found this site about one week ago. Thank you sooo much for your time invested in it. I pastor along with my husband here in Ohio, and my husband just had a serious issue with his heart this week. He had by-pass nine years ago and this last week failed his stress test, and needed to have catherization. Well that is finished with one stint being put in and waiting for another. But God is sooo good to us, and everything today, from the issue of a servant to the issue of suffering for Christ's sake was uplifting to say the least.
Thank you Mike for your words, and thank you Jesus for your WORD!!!

As we read on, we'll see that Joseph realized his position of trust and always approved his plans with Pharaoh - like when he left to bury his father.
I was given a new revelation of the meaning to us today of Pharaoh's dream in the book:
Morning by Morning by Charles Spurgeon:

"The ill favoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven wellfavoured and fat kine."
Genesis 41:4

Pharaoh's dream has too often been my waking experience. My days of sloth have ruinously destroyed all that I had achieved in times of zealous industry; my seasons of coldness have frozen all the genial glow of my periods of fervency and enthusiasm; and my fits of worldliness have thrown me back from my advances in the divine life. I had need to beware of lean prayers, lean praises, lean duties, and lean experiences, for these will eat up the fat of my comfort and peace. If I neglect prayer for never so short a time, I lose all the spirituality to which I had attained; if I draw no fresh supplies from heaven, the old corn in my granary is soon consumed by the famine which rages in my soul. When the caterpillars of indifference, the cankerworms of worldliness, and the palmerworms of self-indulgence, lay my heart completely desolate, and make my soul to languish, all my former fruitfulness and growth in grace avails me nothing whatever. How anxious should I be to have no lean-fleshed days, no ill-favoured hours! If every day I journeyed towards the goal of my desires I should soon reach it, but backsliding leaves me still far off from the prize of my high calling, and robs me of the advances which I had so laboriously made. The only way in which all my days can be as the "fat kine," is to feed them in the right meadow, to spend them with the Lord, in His service, in His company, in His fear, and in His way. Why should not every year be richer than the past, in love, and usefulness, and joy?-I am nearer the celestial hills, I have had more experience of my Lord, and should be more like Him. O Lord, keep far from me the curse of leanness of soul; let me not have to cry, "My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me!" but may I be well-fed and nourished in thy house, that I may praise thy name.

Debby,
Thank you for your post. Spurgeon's writings lay bare the truth of what I often feel about myself. God help us to be about the King's business and walk faithfully so as to not experience so many times of "leanness of soul."

Just a totally off topic comment: Mike shows a picture by Rembrandt, the one of Jacob with his son Benjamin. And there as been at least one other Rembrandt since we started. It is 400 years this year since Rembrandt's birth and there are many events in The Netherlands marking this. See http://www.rembrandt400.com/

Sheryl,
I'm in Dayton; what part of Ohio are you and your husband in?

I think if I had been granted a leadership/power role in my pre-christian life, that my heart would have been so hardened that I would never have been "saved". I would have been too into the money, the things, and the control over others.

Since God is soverign and I beleive I was chosen befor the 'foundations of the earth', I reflect often that it was God's will that I not acheive that success. Just another way of protecting me until I made the choice of accepting his Son, Jesus Christ, as My Savior.

I have been enjoying the bible study and the blog..The psalms and proverbs are awesome. however so is the ot and nt. Thanks for all the hard work and this is such a blessing.
Have a great week

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