The life of Joseph has always been one that stands out to most who have done any study of the Old Testament. He was the favorite in many respects of his father and the source of much jealousy from his brothers. They sold him at a young age to traders headed for Egypt and it was in that foreign land he would spend the rest of his days. His life was a bit like a good roller coaster, several peaks and valleys. One such valley found him in an Egyptian prison. While there, God provided him with the ability to interpret the dreams of two former servants of Pharaoh. To the former butler, the news was great – he was going to be restored to his former position, and he was. To the former baker, the news was not good – he was going to be hanged, and three days later he was. However, Joseph asked one simple favor of the butler, “Remember me when it is well with you…” (Genesis 40:14). When Joseph needed him most, the butler forgot him (Genesis 40:23). Three simple and haunting words…but forgot him.
How many today are we forgetting? We stop to consider the simple request that Joseph made, we wonder how selfish that butler must have been to forget the man sitting in prison? Perhaps, though, it is the one looking at us each day in the mirror that is the one being selfish. Jesus made a simple request, “Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:19-20). Are we forgetting the marching orders of our Lord? Are we forgetting all that He has done for us? Are we forgetting all the physical and spiritual blessings He continually provides? All He asks is that we remember Him and obey His commands – don’t forget Him!
Don’t forget your fellow servants (Colossians 1:7; 4:7). What a special congregation of the Lord we have here at Westside. One of the biggest points that was made by Mike in his article today on our CARE groups, is that we not forget one another! We are to show care and concern for each other at all times (Galatians 6:2). Please look around and find a way to be an encouragement – this is not a time to forget about others. Each one of you is loved!