When I mention that in my present work as a United Methodist pastor I serve in the Dakotas as director of leadership development, and director of connectional ministries, and district superintendent, some people simply refuse to believe I hold all those positions. I explain how it came about and tell them that the jobs fit together fairly well. Sometimes, however, folks continue to wait for the punch line of what they think is a joke. I do have all these jobs; and completing the work is like serving three churches at the same time, or eating an elephant: You just do so one bite at a time! The truth is, if we were to examine carefully the jobs and roles that other persons take on in their daily lives, we undoubtedly would be astonished and amazed at how they could possibly do them as well as they do.
I feel the same way about Joseph and his journey through life. He went from wearing a fancy coat, to struggling in a pit, to serving as second in command for all of Egypt. This riches to rags to riches story is hard to believe, but it is true. In this lesson we will discover how Joseph achieved God’s purposes with integrity and faithfulness.