“The proposal pleased Pharaoh and all his servants. Pharaoh said to his servants, ‘Can we find anyone else like this – one in whom is the spirit of God?’ So Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Since God has shown you all this, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command; only with regard to the throne will I be greater than you.’ And Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.’” Genesis 41:37-41, NRSV
When I began as a pastor, some 30 years ago, the church, in general, was more hierarchical and structured. Often someone in the congregation wanted something to happen in the life of the church and the pastor(s), staff, and appropriate committees got to work to implement what was desired by the congregation.
I don’t know what it is like in other congregations, but at LUCC, if you want to see something go on, you are welcome to bring it up and get involved. Typically, someone else is not going to do it for you. You want to see change, then address yourself to it. And invite others to get on board.
I have learned from our congregation that if I am going to suggest something or share an idea in a group I am involved with, then I also need to commit myself to being involved and working on it. I can’t expect someone else to do it. So, if I open my mouth about something, I make sure I am ready to roll up my sleeves.
In the story of Joseph, Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dream. The interpretation includes the recommendation that Egypt prepare for the 7 years of drought by stock piling grain during the preceding 7 years of plenty. Pharaoh likes this plan, laid out by Joseph, and assigns Joseph to carrying it out. So, Joseph goes from prison to chief of staff in one day!
Lent is a time to consider the dreams we are being given and where we are being called to devote our energies, our passion, our money, and our time. And if we really pay attention, we might find ourselves facing significant change!
May we open our hearts to God’s hopes and dreams and accept that we are being called to get involved. This is what it means to follow Jesus. Amen.