Faithfulness leads to Fruitfulness
February 17, 2020: SOAP #3728: Numbers 1-2; Acts 24
Scripture: Acts (NIV) 24:27 When two years had passed, Felix wassucceeded by Porcius Festus, but because Felix wanted to grant a favor to theJews, he left Paul in prison.
Genesis (NIV) 40:23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; heforgot him. 41:1 When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He wasstanding by the Nile,
Observation: Twodifferent men, Paul and Joseph. Twodifferent times separated by 17 centuries. Two different places, Egypt and Palestine. Two different authorities, an Egyptian Pharaohand a Roman governor. Two men, bothserving the same God in their generation. Both falsely accused and in jail. Both were in jail for over two years. Both did not get bitter but looked for opportunity to serve their Godand those around them.
Both were released from prison, Joseph to become 2nd in command ofall Egypt and Paul eventually to a martyr's death.
Both had key positions to fill in God's plan in preparing a body of redeemedpeople to rule and reign with Him for eternity! Their faithfulness in the bad and good timesled to much fruitfulness.
Application: I have (Eachone has) a specific place to fill in God's kingdom. I (we)must learn from Joseph and Paul that faithfulness leads to fruitfulness.
Prayer: HeavenlyFather, being faithfully committed to you leads to fruitfulness. Encourage and strengthen me to be faithful. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!