February 5

Genesis 39:1-6

Serving with excellence

The Lord was with Joseph and made him successful in Potiphar’s house where he served as a slave. Potiphar noticed that the Lord was with Joseph.

Joseph’s new master was so pleased with him that he put him in charge of the whole house and everything he owned.

Potiphar had never had it so easy: Joseph took care of everything and God blessed Potiphar’s household and his fields.

Why should I do my best if I get nothing extra for it?

Have you ever wondered what motivates a person to work hard for someone else? Some people work hard because they want to make a lot of money. Some work hard to be known as an expert, and some do their best to get to the top in their career. But why would someone do their best when doing a job well doesn’t bring in extra money or lead to some reward?

In one of Paul’s letters, he gives us the best reason to have a good attitude towards working and serving: Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does (Ephesians 6:6-8).

God created us with a need to work. One of the first things He told Adam was that he should look after the garden and work in it. Hard work honors the Lord; and that means, whatever task you do, when you do it to the best of your ability, you are pleasing the Lord. And when the task is completed you will also feel good about a job well done.

Verse for today

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” Colossians 3:23.