…Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, 7 and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, ‘Come to bed with me!’
8 But he refused. ‘With me in charge,’ he told her, ‘my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. 9 No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?’ 10 And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even to be with her.
11 One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. 12 She caught him by his cloak and said, ‘Come to bed with me!’ But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.
A few years ago we spent a lot of time thinking about what it means to at work for a Christian – how do we live our lives for God on our frontlines? Here’s a great example. Joseph is serving under Potiphar, Captain of Pharaoh’s guard in Egypt. He has dedicated to giving of his best and God has enabled him to do so, earning respect from Potiphar and work that requires his trust. Today the temptation is there to betray that trust and to put himself in his Master’s place by sleeping with his wife. He resists, however, more than that he flees the temptation. We might not be tempted by our Employer’s partners in this way, but as we work, we like Joseph, should seek to be trustworthy in all areas, and if temptation rears its head and we find ourselves wavering – like Joseph, don’t hesitate, run!
In all that we do today, may we do it as if we’re doing it for you.