Preparation for Ministry as Revealed
in the Life of Joseph
Wade E Taylor
In 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, we are told that the Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, is the "God
of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation,
that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble,
by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God".
In the many circumstances through which the Lord leads us,
our lives are prepared for His service. We are not qualified
for ministry until we have been tested and proven to be faithful.
Otherwise, our ministry would be harsh and vindictive. A minister
who has been through the dealings of the Lord and ministers
through a broken and contrite spirit will draw many to the
Joseph, through the many adverse circumstances in his life,
was prepared for a ministry to his family in a time of great
need. At the age of seventeen, he was given a vision of headship
and authority over his family. This was not fulfilled quickly,
but only after his life had gone through a season of severe
Not all who feel called to the ministry will submit themselves
to the times of qualification as Joseph did. He is, above
all else, an example of faithfulness and patience in holding
to the promise of the Lord. He accepted each situation that
he was faced with, and made the best of it.
He did not sit in Potiphar's house and sulk because of the
injustice that was done to him by his brethren. Neither did
he become angry at the Lord because the vision that he had
received seemingly did not work out. Instead, he became a
faithful servant in Potiphar's house and soon rose to a place
of authority and recognition.
Yet, the Lord had something better for him. He allowed a
deception to take place and Joseph found himself in prison.
Again, he accepted the circumstances, not knowing that the
Lord would send the baker and the butler to him. Joseph had
to be in the right place at the right time. The wisdom of
God is past finding out. Often, we do not understand the path
in which He leads us; but we must, with a right spirit, trust
Him believing that He knows best.
Again, Joseph could have become angry with the Lord, or become
cold and indifferent because the vision had not been fulfilled.
Yet, in the face of seeming failure, he maintained his fellowship
with God and was able to interpret the dreams of the baker
and the butler.
Ministry often comes at a time when it seems that all spirituality
has fled. At the right time, the Lord caused the butler to
remember Joseph. He was called from the prison to stand before
Pharaoh and was able to interpret his dream. Then, he was
taken from the prison and placed on the throne.
After much had transpired, His brethren came and bowed before
him, exactly as he had seen in the vision. God is always true
and His ways sure.
Today, the burden of the Lord is the preparation of a ministry
who will be able to feed the hunger of His people in a time
We must completely trust our lives in the hands of the Lord.
He will do the rest as we maintain our faith and trust in
Him. As we abide faithfully, we will come forth with a tried
and proven ministry.