Attitude Adjustment. Genesis 45:8-9 “So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt. Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not.”
On the top of his forgiveness and reassurance, he “made them an offer they couldn’t refuse.” He urged them to return and bring their father to this land, where they could enjoy relief from their barren existence.
Joseph said, “Brothers, I have seen a change in your lives. You care about our father and one another, and you never did before. You care about Benjamin, more than even your own lives. What a change!”
Attitude is so crucial in the life of the Christian. We can go through the Sunday motions, we can carry out the religious exercises, we can pack a Bible under our arms, and sing familiar songs from memory, yet we can still hold grudges against the people who have wronged us. In our own way-and it may even be with a little religious manipulation-we’ll be back at them. But that is not God’s way. Here, He shows us the right way. He gives us the example of Joseph, great man that he was, being supportive, merciful, gracious, generous, and unselfish. He’s not through showing how deeply he cares for them. Look at this next scene!
“And he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck. Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: and after that his brethren talked with him.” Genesis 45:14-15.
I would imagine they “talked with him!” They had about twenty-five years’ worth of talking to do. And I am confident that every time they went back and started to rehearse their wrongs, Joseph stopped them, “We’re not going there. That was then, this is now. God had a plan, and it’s all worked out for our good and His glory. Let’s talk about that.”
The late great preacher, John Henry Jowett, used to say that a minister doesn’t deserve an hour to preach a sermon if he can’t give it in one sentence. So let me give you this message in a sentence: Greatness is revealed mainly in our attitude. (C Swindoll)