Grace For Greatness

Lesson 3

Grace for Greatness: Lesson 3

After Israel died his sons feared Joseph would avenge himself of their evil treatment to him. “Joseph said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.’” (Genesis 50:19-21)

Hurdle #3 – Power

We must develop the grace of gentleness.

1. Power is Intoxicating.

Everything looks different from the top of the mountain. Nothing in life reveals our heart more than power. We discover that many champions are in love with themselves.

2. Meekness is the proper use of anger.

Jesus taught us, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5) It is unfortunate that “meekness” rhymes with “weakness” in the English language. Meekness is not weakness; it is power under control. The apostle Paul said, “‘Be angry, and sin not’: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,” (Ephesians 4:26) To be angry but, at the same time, not sin reveals the spirit of meekness. When Jesus cleansed the Temple, He was angry, but He did not sin. To become angry is not difficult, but to be angry for the right reason, at the right time, and to the right degree is very difficult.

3. Meekness is developed by the proper submission to authority.

The Greek word translated “meekness” was used in three main ways. Ranchers used it for training an animal, doctors used it for curing a disease, and sailors used it for harnessing the wind.

Joseph understood that every act is either an act of obedience or of disobedience toward God. “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except God, and the authorities that exist are from God.” (Romans 13:1) Joseph believed he was serving God by serving Pharaoh.

4. Our proper response to authority increases our authority.

  • Ruler of His Master’s House – “So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority.” (Genesis 39:4)
  • Ruler of the Prison House – “And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing.” (Genesis 39:22)
  • Ruler of Egypt – “And Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.’” (Genesis 41:41)

Because Joseph was under authority, his power to rule and lead was increased. Joseph delivered Egypt and the surrounding nations from his number two position. “You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.” (Genesis 41:40)

This is exactly what Jesus has done for us. By submitting Himself to His Father’s will He became the Savior of the whole world. “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.” (John 5:30) Again Jesus said, “You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father, for My Father is greater than I.’” (John 14:28)

The apostle Paul prophesied about the end of time, “Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.” (I Corinthians 15:28)

What do you do when you realize you are the most powerful man in the room? Follow the example of Jesus. “Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to His Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. And supper being ended, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciple’s feet. And to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.” (John 13:1-5)

Because Joseph properly handled authority, he came out of prison to reign and to save.

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