How do you feel about your job? Do you spring out of bed each morning, thinking, It’s another workday! I can’t believe I get paid to do what I love!
Or do you hit the snooze button, dreading the day to come? Maybe you feel underappreciated and overwhelmed. If so, you’re not alone. Joseph knew how you felt. Sold into slavery by his spiteful brothers, he later spent 13 years in an Egyptian prison, victim of the lies of a scorned woman.
But while in prison, Joseph thrived: “The warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there” (Genesis 39:22). Later Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s troubling dreams, giving all credit to our all-powerful God.
Because of Joseph’s faithful work for a godless king, he became second in command of the mighty nation of Egypt. Quite a promotion for a Hebrew nobody. And that Hebrew nobody would orchestrate a plan to save the known world from a devastating famine, preserving the family line that Jesus would come from.
Now, in your job, will you work quietly and diligently like Joseph and be plucked from obscurity to become the vice president of the United States? Likely not. But you can “work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord” (Colossians 3:23). Be a light in your corner of the world—on the factory floor, behind the customer service counter, or in your laundry room—even if it’s unnoticed and underappreciated.
God notices. He will bless you for it.