Genesis 37:12-13: A servant heart.

“12 Now his brothers had gone to graze their father’s flocks near Shechem, 13 and Israel said to Joseph, ‘As you know, your brothers are grazing the flocks near Shechem. Come, I am going to send you to them.’ ‘Very well,’ he replied.” NIV

It has been pointed out that although Joseph was his father’s darling, he did not consider service beneath him. At his father’s call, he was willing to go. He was ready to move in obedience to his father, even though he had every reason to believe his brothers hated him. His mission might prove difficult and dangerous, but he was prepared to leave behind the comfort and safety of home. He wanted to please his father. This was not a glamorous assignment, and, as we saw yesterday, Joseph knew that he was a young man with a great destiny. But it was in his heart to serve his father; to do his will.

In many ways Joseph is a type (a foreshadowing) of the Lord Jesus Christ. I’m sure you will not find it difficult to see Jesus in today’s passage: Jesus, who ‘left His Father’s throne above, so free, so infinite His grace…’ (Charles Wesley). Jesus, who turned His back on the glory and warmth of heaven for the cold, dark hostility of earth. Jesus, who left behind heaven’s protected environment for this world’s danger zone. Jesus, who made Himself vulnerable for love of the Father, and because He delighted to do His will.

As we read these words, we surely recognise that our place too is one of listening to the Heavenly Father’s voice and seeking to obey Him. It is ours to serve and treat all with kindness – even those who hate and despise us. Yes, even our persecutors. Let us leave our future destiny in God’s Hands, and seize the small opportunities for humble service which come our way today.

PRAYER: Lord, may I never be so big in my own eyes that I fail to humble myself to serve. By your Spirit, please make me more and more like Jesus.