Pastor Ronnie McDougall : Character in the Workplace

It's Not Just a Job · 45:32 · Recorded June 4, 2017

Character in the Workplace

The story of Joseph begins in Genesis 37 (p.34)

Why Joseph Had It

His faith was in who God is, not what he saw God doing.

1 Peter 1:8-9 (ESV) Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Genesis 39:1-5 (NIV) Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there. The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field.

With everything he did, he did it unto the Lord!

Ecclesiastes 9:10 (CEV) Work hard at whatever you do.

How You Protect It

1. Get your faith out there!

Genesis 39:3 (NIV) When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did…

2. Stay active and alert.

Genesis 39:4-6 (NIV) Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.

3. Don’t compromise!

Genesis 39:6-9 (NIV) Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?”

Genesis 39:10 (NIV) And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.

4. Regardless of the cost, say no and run.

Genesis 39:12 (NIV) She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.

James 1:12 (HCSB) A man who endures trials is blessed, because when he passes the test he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.

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Study & Discussion Questions
  • What is your biggest takeaway from the message today?
  • When it comes to your character in the workplace, what have you learned – maybe even the hard way?
  • The centurion in Luke 7:1-10, like Joseph, found himself in a chaotic situation that humbled and moved him toward trusting God. As you read his story, what took place that caused the centurion to humbly trust God? What are some other ways he could have potentially responded?
  • Are there any actions or character weaknesses in your life that could have the potential to hinder your relationships or diminish your influence? What steps can you take today to avoid these weaknesses damaging your reputation in the future?
  • What are some of the temptations you face most often that test your character? Do you need to do anything to change the way you respond to those temptations or focus more on one of the five steps listed in this week’s teaching?
  • Memorize 1 Corinthians 10:13 this week. Keep this verse in your heart and mind to draw from when you are tempted. What are the promises it contains? What is your responsibility in the last promise?
  • Parents, our elementary kids began a new series on Bible Heroes today. Throughout the summer, we’ll look at stories of some seemingly extraordinary people who accomplished amazing things. What we’ll discover as we learn these stories together is, those heroes from the Bible were ordinary people whose story is heroic because of God. We talked about Joshua and the battle of Jericho today. Ask your child what weapons were used in the battle. Did the Israelites win the battle for the city? Then, ask how learning this story helped them understand that nothing is more powerful than God.

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