Great leaders give up their comforts and control of outcomes for the good of others.
As Shakespeare wrote, some are born great, some achieve greatness, and still others have greatness thrust upon them.
In Joseph (Genesis 37-50) we find a man for whom all three forms of greatness are true. What was his secret to greatness? Growing up the favorite and youngest son of Jacob, Joseph had dreams of greatness, and wasn’t afraid to tell everyone about it. He suffered from TMI — telling his brothers too much information. They despised the favored brother and plotted to kill him.
Through rejection, hardship and injustice, God broke and formed Joseph’s character to become the kind of leader who would use power for the good of others.
Those dreams were fulfilled in a better way because they were God’s own plan for the saving of many lives.
Joseph shows us how to live beyond ourselves, living redemptively.
Joseph dealt with past wounds to courageously and generously engage the brokenness of the world and its need. It’s because God loved Joseph that He had a difficult plan for this man’s life.
It’s a story of redemption and reconciliation, integrity and forgiveness, where Joseph shows us the gracious character of Jesus. (God had a difficult plan for His life too.)