Get Recognized And Promoted At Work….Fast

“The LORD was with Joseph,
and he was a successful man…..”  Genesis 39:2

One of my favorite bible stories for life application is the story of Joseph.  The passage above labels Joseph a successful man at a time when he is technically just a slave.  How could that be?  What can be learned from Joseph that can help any entry-level person become a business or career success?  Well, perhaps there are a few things to note, but, in my opinion, none more than Joseph’s relationship God.  The Lord was with Joseph in his career.  In other words, Joseph’s pathway to success was with God and not of his own doing.  In a world that is increasingly secular humanist I feel the need to beat this concept into the head of christians everywhere – without Christ you can do nothing (John 15:15).  This means life will be empty and void no matter how much one attempts to fill it with material spoils and fame.  Joseph was a success because God was with him; because God was with him he was destined to be successful (2 Chronicles 26:5).  I know everyone wants to find success by reading “seven steps” to this or that; by buying a business in a box kit; or by meeting someone important to get a big break, but a step toward The Father through Christ is the first step toward guaranteed success in this lifetime (Mark 10:30).

“And his master saw that the LORD
was with him and 
that the LORD made all
he did to prosper in his hand.”  Genesis 39:3

Joseph’s character did not only draw the Lord’s attention but it also drew the attention of his master, Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh.  When Potiphar interacted with Joseph he saw God in Joseph’s life.  There was something different in the workplace about Joseph than all the other employees.  No, Joseph did not seek to proselytize in the workplace, nor was he a “God-freak” or “fanatic.”  He was not a creepy, weird, or mystically “holy” believer.  Joseph lived and worked, practically applying what he learned about God from his father and how God’s children should act.  His boss recognized the God was with Joseph because every project or assignment Joseph worked on turned out well.  With God, Joseph was building a steady and consistent track record of performance.  He worked hard, was trustworthy, reliable and by no means a complainer.

“So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority. So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had in the house and in the field.”  Genesis 39:4-5

Joseph’s consistent christian-like character was different from everyone else.  He was salt and light (Matthew 5:13).  Potiphar had no choice but to offer a promotion to his best most valuable worker.  Therefore, Joseph added franchise value to Potiphar’s enterprise.  Potiphar made money on every venture that he put under Joseph’s supervision.  Joseph worked hard to bring profit to Potiphar’s house…he was not jealous of how rich or how much money he was making for “the man.”  Joseph knew that if the company prospered, he would continue to be promoted and that he would prosper.  Potiphar promoted Joseph so quickly that Joseph soon became an overseer, a fancy word for Senior Executive.  Yes, a guy that started in the mail room was promoted to run a division!  This pathway to promotion and success is available to all who would allow the Lord to be with them (Psalm 34:10).  Yes, God

will bless the business a believer works for just because the believer is there.  The goodness of His heart toward His children spills over into the life of others.

The Lord desires wealthy and prosperous sons and daughters to hold out as examples and testimonies of His love and generosity.  Getting recognized and promoted at work fast is easy to do if you follow the pattern Joseph shows us in scripture.  Start tomorrow on your promotion.

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Author:De'Andre Salter

De'Andre Salter is a nationally recognized entrepreneur and senior pastor of The Tabernacle, a fast-growing, non-denominational ministry in South Plainfield, New Jersey. Salter is a self-made success and CEO of Professional Risk Solutions, LLC, the largest minority-owned specialty brokerage firm in the United States. A Jersey native and Drew University graduate, Salter was honored as one of the “Top 40 Black Executives Under Forty” by The Network Journal. In addition to winning souls, he has a vision to build communities through supporting entrepreneurs. His book,Hope in the Hood, is a springboard to helping others who hail from neighborhoods like his in Newark, build and grow businesses in their community. He is offering not just a step-by-step action plan, but also financial resources.

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