Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Person, the Process and the Purpose

 
Genesis 37: 18-24 "And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh. Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams. And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him. And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again. And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him; And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it."

Other than his coat of many colors, there was nothing particularly special about Joseph. Among his brothers, he was not the oldest, or the smartest or the strongest. But before his life would end, Joseph came to be second in command in Egypt, which at that time was the mightiest nation in the world. However, he wasn't an overnight success. God had to take Joseph through a process to get to him to his purpose.

All of us want to know our purpose in life. In fact, we want to know what it is, and when we feel like we know, we want to jump right into it. But really, our true purpose only comes through a process. Think about those in the kingdom who have done mighty things. Moses had to go through the back side of the desert before he could deliver Israel. David had to make it through Goliath before he could make it to his throne. Jonah had to see the belly of the fish before he would go to Ninevah to call for repentance. Even Jesus had to go through the cross before He could fulfill His purpose to seek and save the lost.

Though you may think that what you are going through only serves to hold you back at best, and destroy you at worst, just think about Joseph. Before he could get to his purpose in Egypt, and in a position to be able to save his family and all of Israel from a famine, he first had to be mocked by his brothers, thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, falsely accused by Potiphar's wife, and thrown into jail. Let Joseph and his testimony be a reminder to you that, yes you are the person, but you have to go through a process to get to your purpose.


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