Now Joseph was physically fit and handsome in appearance, and Potiphar's wife was attracted to him physically that she wanted to sleep with him. Although Joseph was a slave and didn't have a right on his own, he knew what was appropriate for him to do, especially with his relationship with Potiphar and God. He knew that he could not sleep with the wife without his master's direction, and if Joseph disobeyed his master, he was also disobeying his God. Here's what Joseph said, "Look, my master trusts me with everything in his entire household. No one here has more authority than I do. He has held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. So how could I do such a great evil and sin against God?" (Genesis 39:8-9).
Although he was serving Potiphar, Joseph believed that ultimately he was serving God. Not that he was treating Potiphar as God, but he was serving his God by becoming a trustworthy slave to his master. Colossians 3:22-23 say, "Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything. Don't do it just to please them when they are watching you. Obey them with an honest heart. Do it out of reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."
Today, we do not have masters, but we need to do our job in our workplace as if we are serving our Lord. No matter how difficult or boring our job is or how terrible our bosses are, we do not have an excuse for not doing our job for the Lord. Because in due time, God will reward our good work. Our God is the one who opens the door for us for greater opportunities. God will be with us as we serve Him in our workplace. Just like Joseph served Potiphar as a slave, we need to be trustworthy workers. If we are students, we need to be students for God. We do our class works as if we are serving Him. If we do our work at home, we have to do our job as if we are serving the Lord. We need to do our best for Him in whatever we do.
Ask yourself these questions: how does God want me to do my everyday job or responsibilities? What happens when I do my job or responsibilities for God?
Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, would you please help me serve you in whatever I am doing at home, school, or workplace. Please forgive me if I have not been serving you through the things that I am doing. Please continue to change my heart that I may live for you. In your name Jesus, I pray. Amen.