The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
After Joseph was sold by his brothers to Midianite traders, he was taken to Egypt and sold as a slave to Potiphar, a high-ranking official in the Pharaoh’s government.
Even though he was a slave, Joseph succeeded in an extraordinary way. Some of the keys to Joseph’s success were:
- He was a hard worker with a strong work ethic.
- He worked well with people.
- He had leadership and business skills, which he clearly demonstrated later in his life (Genesis 41:46-49, 55-57).
But the most important factor in Joseph’s success was being blessed by God. Potiphar noticed the positive results that came from Joseph’s work. Eventually, Joseph was put over Potiphar’s entire household (Genesis 39:3-6). This was an honor for anyone—let alone a foreign slave.
A key lesson for Christians is the importance of developing the same work ethic Joseph had. The combination of hard work, the ability to work with other people, tangible skills and seeking God’s blessing can have similar positive effects on our professional lives.
To read more about the lessons of Joseph’s success, read our blog post “How ‘The Joseph Effect’ Can Affect Your Job.”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “Joseph Flees Sin.”