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The Heart of Stewardship: Faithfulness *

When we left Joseph in yesterday’s post, he had been thrown into prison on trumped-up charges. A highly effective and faithful servant, left forgotten in obscurity because he was loyal and morally pure.

Who could blame him for throwing it all to the winds and drowning in self-pity?

But Joseph was not a situational steward. He was, simply put, a faithful soul anywhere and everywhere he went.

Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison. But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners who were in the prison. Whatever was done there, he was the one who did it. The keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph’s charge, because the Lord was with him. And whatever he did, the Lord made it succeed. -Genesis 39:20-23

Just as the Lord had been with Joseph in every other sphere, blessing his efforts, so the Lord was with Joseph in prison. And soon, the keeper of the prison put Joseph in charge, because – hey, why not? He was a faithful leader and administrator! When you have a great assistant, willing to work, then you delegate.


As we’ll see, Joseph’s faithfulness and competence eventually earned him an even higher place of authority. But here’s the point – our faithfulness is proven in obscurity. When God and very few others notice. A consistent character of reliability shows itself in a dungeon as well as on a stage.


* This series is part of a 12-week study on the topic: Being Stewards of God <— (outline). We’re now in week 4, considering how faithfulness is central to stewardship. If you’d like to receive these posts in your inbox, just put your email address in the Email Subscription box on the blog’s right sidebar.

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