Most Remarkable People

“…the Lord was with him and gave him success in everything he did…” Genesis 39:3

As I write, the year is just finishing. There is a magazine on my desk reporting about the 20 most remarkable people of the year. They include seven movie stars and others involved in medicine, fads, news, uproar, heroes, royalty, world affairs and business. This list stands in contrast to the achievements of Jesus, which were celebrated a few pages back. Most of the people on the magazine list entertained us or earned lots of money or fame. One was a terrorist, one made significant progress in cancer research, and one was a star/philanthropist. Many of them were just greedy or fame seeking.

That’s a remarkably different notion of success. But it’s easy for us to get trapped into viewing success with the same eyeglasses—wealth, fame, pleasure seeking, thrill seeking…. We’re surrounded by it. And living like Jesus doesn’t look so exciting by comparison.

Or does it? Love, peace, joy, forgiveness, contentment and salvation all describe Jesus and His followers. Knowing Jesus died on the cross and rose again to save me from the ugliness of my sin and prepare a place for me in heaven is a pretty profound notion of success, don’t you think?

And, as we see in the Bible verse at the beginning of the devotion, God establishes Joseph's success—while Joseph follows God—in his heart and with his actions. God gave success to everything Joseph did.