BOW UP TO THE TOP
Proverbs 21:5 – The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. (NIV)
A rule that applies to track and field sports also applies to our day-to-day lives. In the 100-metre race, athletes bow at the start, but they stand to begin a 1500-metre run. The bowing posture signifies the willingness to follow the rules (respect) and the readiness to run the race (serve). This means that if you desire a swift rise to greatness, you must serve and submit to those ahead. However, you can only afford to be disrespectful when you are ready for a long walk to the top.
The account of Joseph shows how to make it to the top through respect and service. Joseph had respect for his heartless brothers because he revealed his dreams to them, and even when sold into slavery, he feared God. The boy also served diligently in Potiphar’s house and rejected the seductive advances of his master’s wife (Genesis 39-50). It’s no wonder Joseph made it to the top because, as seen in today’s Bible reading, the diligent are destined to profit and prosper.
Beloved, to make it up there, you must work it up. Are you ready to serve your way up? Regardless of the circumstances, you should respect and serve at home, work, community, and church and abide by the government’s guidelines. Joseph bowed and served his way up because God was with him. Therefore, you will pray for the grace to be diligent and useful in order not to fall from the ladder of glory.
Hymn: I Must Tell Jesus – Elisha A. Hoffman (1893)
1. Father, help me to be submissive and profitable in every good work.
2. Any power that makes me rebellious and see potential helpers as enemies, die!
1. I terminate any plan to destabilise and frustrate God’s agenda for my life.
2. Father, please give me a meek and discerning spirit to know when to act and not to react.
3. I recover every blessing I have lost because of ignorance, anger, pride, and confusion.
READ MATTHEW 25:1-30
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