Joseph: Where you go…

Day 11 – Genesis 47

Last month I read through the story of Joseph in the Bible (Genesis 37-50). Each day I was challenged to share what I learned. Here was my insight into Genesis 47.

One last request

At every stop in life, no matter the circumstances, Joseph was a leader. He led when he was a slave in Potiphar’s home. He led when he was thrown into the king’s prison. He ends the story as a top leader of the most powerful nation in the world. Just as important, he’s a valued leader in his family.

“As the time of his death drew near, Jacob called for his son Joseph and said to him, “Please do me this favor…Do not bury me in Egypt. When I die, please take my body out of Egypt and bury me with my ancestors.” So Joseph promised, “I will do as you ask.” “Swear that you will do it,” Jacob insisted. So Joseph gave his oath, and Jacob bowed humbly at the head of his bed.” Genesis 47:29-31

I have a simple philosophy: everyone is a leader. It might not be of a company or organization. It may not be of a division or team. It may be unofficial and off the record. Everyone leads at some point at some place. As a leader, there is one simple rule – take your followers somewhere.

Until this point in the story, Joseph hasn’t held an official title of leader. He simply led. He led as a son. He led as a slave. He led in prison.

Joseph didn’t lead with titles or perks or official authority. He just led. He led his followers to safety and security. So when it came time for Jacob to make sure his final wishes were carried out, he turned to the leader of the family – Joseph.

You are a leader.

Daily Blessing: Thank you for making me a leader. Help me to lead those you’ve given me (family, friends, co-workers) better.

Daily Challenge: Reflect on this question today, “Who you am I leading?” Now ask this question, “Where am I taking my followers?”

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