The King’s Offer
…and take your father and your families back to me, and I will give you the best of the land of Egypt, and you can enjoy the fat of the land. …never mind about your belongings, because the best of all Egypt will be yours. (Genesis 45: 18-20 NIV)
In this wonderful story about Joseph, the king (Pharaoh) has offered Joseph’s family a life better than they could have ever imagined. He has invited the entire family to come and enjoy more than they deserved. In fact, they probably deserved a horrible fate based on what they had done to their brother Joseph. The king promises them the best and says forget about your belongings, because what I have for you will be so much better.
The rest of the story comes in Genesis 46: 6 (NIV): … They also took with them their livestock and the possessions they had acquired in Canaan…
“What! You have got to be kidding me!” I couldn’t believe what I was reading. It made no sense to me. Canaan to Egypt – this is no short trip: there are mountains and deserts and besides there were no U-hauls. The king promised them the best and they were dragging their stuff with them, everything they had acquired in Canaan. I couldn’t understand. What they had couldn’t have been better than what the king was going to give them. Besides, it was going to be a rough trip trying to take it all with them. Why not wait and enjoy what had already been promised?
I don’t think we are much different. Our King promises us when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior that we will have eternal treasures and rewards far better than anything we could obtain here on earth. He tells us to come to Him and leave the earthly kingdom behind. He says fix your mind on things above, not on the things of this world. In other words, “never mind about your belongings, because the best of My entire kingdom will be yours.”
I think we are missing the boat. We are so busy trying to drag around the possessions we have acquired that we do not experience the fullness of what the King has offered. Are we making the journey to see the King more difficult than it needs to be?
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6: 19-21 NIV). Chaplain Bill Pruitt is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is the Executive Director of New Hope Philly.
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Think About This: While God, for the most part, allows this cosmos [creation] to work according to the laws of nature, there is never a time when He is not actively involved in every detail of life. Charles R. Swindoll
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