There are a few times in the word of God where we find God’s men in foreign pagan lands where the people know nothing about the true God. Sure, there are plenty of bad times and times when things go badly. There are times when the enemy seems to come off on top.
But there are those times when God’s men stand out and make a difference even with all the differences and opposition. Joseph is one of those men.
Joseph made such an impact that Pharaoh said that there was no other man in the entire kingdom like Joseph. He was discreet and wise and well thought of. He was so different in fact that Pharaoh elevated this foreign slave and accused rapist to the office of vice-pharaoh, or maybe even co-pharaoh. Nothing was held back – he had all of pharaoh’s authority.
And what made the difference?
The spirit of God lived in him. And that made all the difference. The Holy Spirit made Joseph different, exceptional in fact.
The Holy Spirit has a way of doing that. He has a way of making a difference in our lives too as we yield to Him and allow His fruit to be seen in our lives. As Christians the same Holy Spirit lives in us today. The Holy Spirit living in us should make us different and distinctive from the world around.
Joseph made a difference because he let the Spirit have controlled. We too often think we can impact the world by becoming more like them. May we each allow the Holy Spirit to work in us so that we can make a difference like Joseph did.