“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” This is what Joseph did when faced with the test of how he would respond to “his enemies,” his brothers, who put him in the pit and sold him into slavery.
In Genesis 42, we see Joseph carrying out Provers 25:21. When his enemy was hungry, he freely gave him bread to eat. In humility, he looked not only to his interest but also to the interests of his brothers. Though Joseph was in the form of god (Pharaoh), he did not cling to his exalted position, but understanding that too he was a mere man who feared God, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to love his brothers as himself. Therefore, he is more exalted than he ever was in Egypt. He has been given a name that is remembered even today when only a scholar would maybe know Pharaoh’s.
Joseph points us to Christ who
though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
So let us be like Joseph and point to Christ on this side of the cross. Out of reverence for Christ, and as beloved children of God, let us this week dwell on Ephesians 5-6 so that we may know how to conduct ourselves toward others, to be followers of Christ, and imitators of our Father in heaven.
Spend your time this week reading and meditating on God’s word. Think specifically about your new identity at a child of God. What does that mean for how you daily live? We encourage you to even break these passages up throughout the week for daily devotions, ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate the Scriptures for you, and use a study bible to help provide understanding.
Monday: Ephesians 5:1-14
Tuesday: Ephesians 5:15-33
Wednesday: Ephesians 6:1-9
Thursday: Ephesians 6:10-20