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The series 'Gaining Perspective on God’s Purpose for Your Life' starts with an exploration on how God uses the lives of special characters like Joseph in Genesis 37-50 to speed us up on our spiritual growth. An advanced discipleship guide.
Joseph was a type of person foreshadowing Jesus Christ. We see this in how Joseph was sold for money, how he was betrayed by his brethren and how he became the second greatest in the kingdom.
There is much more, however, to learn from this elongated life story as well as all the holy scriptures than God’s redemption plan. “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (More on 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
The scriptures are designed to build us up as men and women of God to carry out the good works that God has appointed us to complete, ‘equipped for every good work.’ This connection between godly living and carrying out God’s good works are intricately connected because they relate to our relationship with God.
We might want to be more involved in His great plan, but He is waiting for us to grow in our integrity. Or conversely, we might be seeking spiritual growth, but He is waiting for us to take the steps of obedience that He sets before us. It is for these and other reasons God has so carefully preserved this life of Joseph for us.
Write out the verses 2 Timothy 3:16-17. To the best of your ability define each of the four ways God uses His word to equip His people for good works.
- Name one way God has used these verses to better equip you. (Hint: Think through one of the four ways He does this).
Make sure you do your assignment. It helps us slow down so that we can purposefully reflect on areas we need to spiritually grow in.