Genesis 39:22-23 “The chief jailer committed to Joseph’s charge all the prisoners who were in the jail; so that whatever was done there he was responsible for it. The chief jailer did not supervise anything under Joseph’s charge because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made to prosper.”
People are experiencing difficulties all around us. These are often the times they begin searching for answers. As God’s children we can point these suffering ones to Jesus. We just need to be ready and have an effective, God-focused strategy for witnessing.
Sometimes we think that pastors or full-time workers are the only ones who can help people with spiritual questions, but this is not so. Any of God’s children, no matter their age, occupation, or experience have the wherewithal to introduce others to their heavenly Father. A familiar Bible character gives us instruction.
Joseph was the favorite son of Jacob. His brothers hated him because of this and devised a plan to get rid of him. One of the brothers suggested that instead of killing him they sell him to merchants passing by. Soon Joseph found himself a slave in the land of Egypt.
Despite this horrible turn of events, Joseph knew that God was with him. Over time he developed a reputation for honesty and faithfulness. His master trusted him with the care of his home until another false accusation landed Joseph in prison. Even then the chief jailer took notice of this upright young man and eventually put him in charge of the other prisoners. As usual, Joseph took his job seriously and God caused everything he did to prosper.
The Bible records a conversation Joseph had with two prisoners where he shared a life changing message from God. His approach is well worth noting.
Joseph’s Strategy For Witnessing
First, while faithfully performing his menial duties, Joseph was aware of the people around him. One morning he noticed that these two high profile prisoners were uncharacteristically dejected. Instead of ignoring their obvious distress, Joseph asked them why their faces were so sad.
When they explained that they had both had difficult dreams that they didn’t understand, Joseph took addressed the situation by mentioning his God and offering the men help. He said, “Do not interpretations belong to God?” Tell it to me, please.”
Joseph listened intently as the men explained the dreams that had shaken them so. He then shared the interpretations that God revealed to him, not withholding any of the truth. The first man, the chief cupbearer would be restored to office. The chief baker, on the other hand, would die a horrible death. Joseph then shared the details of his own plight and asked the chief cupbearer to remember him when he was set free.
At this point in his life Joseph was no one of consequence. But he took this opportunity amidst the monotonous affairs of his job and made it a witnessing opportunity to speak for God. He was aware of those he was serving, showed interest and compassion in their lives, and gave them a message from God when the opportunity arose. Yet Joseph had no control over the outcome. He was the messenger, but God was the one orchestrating events. The interpretations of the dreams came true, but while the chief wine taster did not immediately remember Joseph as he had promised, later, in God’s timing, he did remember and mentioned this young man to Pharoah.
An Effective Strategy For Every Day Witnessing
Don’t ever underestimate your ability to make a difference in people’s lives! Just be ready and have a strategy. As you go about your daily duties of school and work, observe those around you carefully. Show interest and compassion, using your concern as an opportunity for conversation. Be bold to mention God as the door opens, and speak the truth lovingly.
You never know what will come of these seemingly insignificant encounters, but remember you can’t control the situation. Only God can do that. And if you are faithful like Joseph, you will be surprised at how God blesses and what He does in the lives of those around you.