Reading Genesis and skipping forward to the story of Joseph I am reminded again of the amazing events in his life. How disappointments helped shaped him and how God’s plans succeeded. His attitude to ‘misfortune and unfairnesses was remarkable – something we all need to learn. Genesis 50 verse 20 records Joseph’s words to his brothers, ‘As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.’
Joseph was sold into Egypt at the age of 17. It was not until he was 30 that he stood before Pharoah. Through his experience as a slave in Potiphar’s household and later in prison, we see him taking more and more responsibility. Necessary preparation for the task that Pharoah eventually gave him. Equally vital – he grew in character and regard for God.
So … if you are looking for an open door, it may not come when or how you expect.
Between 17 and 30 years is the time when prospective tentmakers are often in tertiary studies and establishing their careers. A time when they grow in Christian maturity – serving in a local church/fellowship, studying God’s word and sharing their faith with those around them.
So, are you becoming prepared, and looking, for open doors to live for and witness to Jesus in the global workplace? Wondering about preparing for crossing cultures? Aztem is keen to connect if we can help you in your journey – or others you may know.
Ian – General Director