For Ministry As Revealed In The Life Of Joseph
By 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.”
We are not fully qualified for ministry until we have been
tested, and proven to be faithful. Otherwise, our ministry
could become harsh and vindictive. A minister who has experienced
the dealings of the Lord, and ministers through a broken and
contrite spirit will draw many to the Lord and accomplish
Joseph, through the many adverse circumstances that he experienced,
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 he had gone through many seasons of severe
Not all who feel called to the ministry will submit themselves
to the process of becoming qualified for this level of ministry,
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 in which he found himself, and then made the
best of it.
Joseph did not sit in Potiphar's house and sulk because of
the injustice that had been done to him by his brothers. Neither
did he become angry with the Lord because the vision he had
received seemingly did not work out. Instead, he became a
faithful servant, and soon rose to a place of responsibility.
Because 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.
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 integrity
and again came into a place of responsibility. As a result
he rightly interpreted the dream of the butler, who then forgot
At the right time, the Lord caused the butler to remember
Joseph. He was called from the prison to stand before Pharaoh
and interpret his dream. As a result, Joseph rose from the
prison to the throne.
After much had transpired, His brethren came and bowed before
him, exactly as he had seen in the vision the Lord had given
him many years before. God is always true, and His ways sure.
Today, the burden of the Lord is to prepare "Joseph"
ministries to feed the hungry, in a time of pressing needs.
Those who respond must completely place their lives in the
hand of the Lord and, no matter what may follow, implicitly
trust Him. As this is done, He will do the rest.
Then, when it may seem that all spirituality has fled, they
will be released into their most anointed and best ministry.