Joseph’s life offers us a magnificent portrayal of the grace of God as He came to our rescue in the Person of His Son, Jesus.
Let’s say you’re a patient about to undergo major surgery. Just before they wheel you in, the doctor blurts, “You know, I’ve never actually done surgery before…but hey, we’ll give it the ol’ college try.” How would you respond?
Following Christ ought to come with a warning label: Christianity is a battleground, not a playground.
Living in a fallen world of people where we all sin and have been sinned against means we all need forgiveness and to grant forgiveness.
Instead he suggests asking ourselves a question when something negative happens: What does this experience make possible?
Are the attitudes of unselfish humility, joyful acceptance, strong determination, and genuine thanksgiving evident in the way you respond to circumstances? Maybe it's time to make some changes.
Instead, it will be a judgment to determine our rewards based on how well we have followed Christ. On that day, Jesus will examine and reveal our motives and the quality of our service.
A good way to think about contentment is Christ-sufficiency, not self-sufficiency.
In this context, integrity takes on a new level of significance. It means being consistent with who we now are in Christ.