Then Pharaoh sent and called for Joseph, and they hurriedly brought him out of the dungeon; and when Joseph shaved himself and changed his clothes [making himself presentable], he came to Pharaoh. Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have dreamed a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it; and I have heard it said about you that you can understand a dream and interpret it.” Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not in me [to interpret the dream]; God [not I] will give Pharaoh a favorable answer [through me].”Genesis 41:14:16 (AMP)
The King urgently needed one thing and no one in Egypt could satisfy his need. No one except Joseph who happened to be in prison. But this did not stop Pharaoh from summoning his presence. The soldiers from the King’s presence hurriedly brought Joseph out of the dungeon, this reveals the dire need for only what Joseph could offer the king. Indeed, a gift gets attention; it buys the attention of eminent people.
Just like that, Joseph had an important meeting with the most powerful leader of that ancient time, Pharaoh. So out of the prison they took him, by this time Joseph’s character was excellent and firm. Because God prerequisite for promotion is having a good character. It is for this reason we are constantly tempted, in order to grow in character and if we continually pass the test, we grow in character. A good character shows God that He can trust us with what he has in store for us, which then lead to finally possessing our promise, like Joseph.
God’s promise to Joseph had tested his character, now it was time for his dreams to come true (Psalm 105: 19).
There is a protocol in the king’s palace, as is with every kingdom, from Pharaoh to King Ahasuerus in the story of Esther even to King Saul. Joseph knew it hence he made himself presentable before appearing before the Pharaoh. The king in this context is a gracious representation of the King of kings, Jesus Christ. You approach His presence having shaved off your past sins, guilt and condemnation, casting it aside and robbed in the robes of righteousness that He purchased for us on the cross.
When Joseph meet Pharaoh he immediately told him of his problem and that he had heard that he can understand and interpret dreams. This is amazing, Joseph never went out and about looking for clients. Because he developed his gift and offered it in love, now news spread about the excellence of his gift to the point that the King himself got him out of prison, in order that he could be served some of it.
A very important thing to understand from this is the power of association. In prison despite the fact that Joseph happened to be in the prison where the king kept his prisoners, Joseph associated with the prisoners who had direct access to the King in their former jobs. Of all the people he interacted with in prison because he was put in charge of the whole prison; the Holy Spirit only documented his encounter with the baker and butler.
This teaches us to be intentional when making friends and choosing relationships. Because it is never what you know that will help, but it is who you know. Joseph knew the butler and the butler remembered Joseph at last and he mention of his gift to the king which changed Joseph’s life forever. Consider this inspiring quote:
If a drop of water falls on a hot surface, it perished,
If it falls on a lotus leaf it shines like a pearl,
If it falls on an oyster it becomes a pearl.
The drop of water is the same,
but its existence and worth depends on who it associates with.
In this case it is safe to say, Joseph was the drop of water, the kings baker who was later executed was the hot surface, where Joseph gift did not yield any returns apart from the fact that it proved Joseph to be true and accurate in his interpretation. Meanwhile the kings butler is the oyster, whereby an abundance of return was harvested, when he told the king of Joseph’s gift of interpretation and later Joseph’s worth was amplified when he was raised by the Lord through Pharaoh to be the second ruler after Pharaoh in Egypt. He went from being a drop of water to been a beautiful pearl.
Develop your gift constantly for the betterment of its quality; and way before you ever serve kings, you must have a heart posture to give from love. Just like Joseph, you will offer in love your service to others who you will not benefit from. It shows the Lord that the motivation of your service is not money, power or fame but love. You have to have a heart for the world, one that loves people.
Another thing that a gift does is it serves a need in society. Remember in Genesis 41:8 (AMP) Pharaoh spirit was troubled and disturbed after he had the dream and no one could interpret it. Joseph’s gift brought comfort to a disturbed kin in need. Your gift is meant to serve other bring peace, refreshment and comfort where there is trouble and distress. It is a solution to a problem.
So when morning came his spirit was troubled and disturbed and he sent and called for all the magicians and all the wise men of Egypt. And Pharaoh told them his dreams, but no one could interpret them to him. Genesis 41:1-8 (AMP)
The power of discovering and developing your gift is so important that God fills the bible today these amazing stories. Stories about the effect of a developed gift, given in love how, just like Joseph it raised an ordinary shepherd boy to a mighty king with the great dynasty. In the next two days we are going to examine a few examples of these mighty stewards of God who prove that no matter your background or experience, we have the power through our will to affect the direction and flow of history by stewarding today.