Bless 'em All, Y'all.
I met a Polished attendee for coffee a few days ago and shared that I am trying to re-order my whole life around the concept of grace (getting something we don't deserve). I told her all my chips are in. It doesn't matter what I'm doing for a living, what role or title I hold, or where I spend my hours. Whatever I am doing will be a total pouring out of the love I am absorbing from the one true God.
The Big Story naturally came up because I'm really, truly, finally coming into a season of understanding that last part of the story. I don't know how I missed the fact that God is making all things new, but I did. It's hard for me talk about anything else lately other than the offer before me (before us) to participate in his restoring, rebuilding, redeeming, remaking work.
Since I've got Joseph on the brain, I got to share with her Joseph's story of serving the With-Us-God and the purpose behind his story.
Genesis 41:46-49; 53-57 Joseph was 30 years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Joseph left Pharaoh’s presence and traveled throughout the land of Egypt. During the seven years of abundance the land produced outstanding harvests. Joseph gathered all the excess food in the land of Egypt during the seven years and put it in the cities. He put the food in every city from the fields around it. So Joseph stored up grain in such abundance—like the sand of the sea—that he stopped measuring it because it was beyond measure.
Then the seven years of abundance in the land of Egypt came to an end, and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in every country, but throughout the land of Egypt there was food. Extreme hunger came to all the land of Egypt, and the people cried out to Pharaoh for food. Pharaoh told all Egypt, “Go to Joseph and do whatever he tells you.” Because the famine had spread across the whole country, Joseph opened up all the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt. Every nation came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain, for the famine was severe in every land.
Joseph's story is about serving the With-Us-God to bless all people.
Genesis 41: 57 Every nation came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain, for the famine was severe in every land.
Genesis 45:7-8 (This is Joseph speaking to his brothers who betrayed him.) God sent me ahead of you to establish you as a remnant within the land and to keep you alive by a great deliverance. Therefore it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household, and ruler over all the land of Egypt.
Genesis 50:20 Don’t you see, you planned evil against me but God used those same plans for my good, as you see all around you right now—life for many people
And like Joseph, we too are serving the With-Us-God to bless all people. It's been our calling since...
Genesis 12:3: All the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.
The With-Us-God has invited you and I to participate in restoration, to bless all people. So bless 'em all, y'all. Start now. Start pouring out God's love at work, in relationships, at home, and with family.
Bless 'em all.