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February 16, 2014 - What It Means to Be Great - Genesis 37:1-11

posted Feb 17, 2014, 7:33 AM by Grant Garber   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 6:44 AM ]
  • Nothing will mess up a reasonable plan for life quite like having a dream.
  • Even if you don’t know what your dream is, it still runs your life because then the dream is to find a dream.
Why was Joseph Jacob’s favorite son?
Joseph was the oldest son of his favorite wife Rachel.
Jacob recognized something special in Joseph.
Old Jacob was no longer thinking about achieving his own dreams and had begun living vicariously through Joseph.
  • When parents insist on spoiling their children they make it very difficult for those same children to grow up mature and complete.
  • Maturity means learning that you actually aren’t particularly special. Hopefully you are loved and cherished, which is much better than being special. 
  • We all grow up with both Joseph and his brothers wrapped inside of us. Joseph is the part of us that our parents loved the most, but there are other parts of us that our parents certainly didn’t prefer.
  • Grace claims that God doesn’t just love the preferred parts of us. God loves all of us and wants to redeem what we want to ignore.
  • It would be impossible to fully understand either the making of Joseph or the significance of his story without recognizing the profound factor of the Lord’s sovereign involvement in the proceedings.
  • Something incredible was happening to Joseph during his dark days in Egypt. He was learning to listen to another father --- his Heavenly Father.
  • The Lord was with Joseph in jail, teaching him how to be a great servant.
  • You are never going to be of great use to God until you get the illusions of greatness knocked out of you so that there is some room for the Spirit of God to dwell.
Pastor Jim Spon | Genesis 37:1-11