men of activity

Genesis 47


The land of Egypt [is] before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell: and if thou knowest [any] men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle.

The Egyptians despised shepherds, but Joseph actually advised his brothers to be open with Pharaoh about who they were, in order to gain an advantage. As a believer in Jesus Christ, I should be pursuing activities of Christ (such as prayer, Bible study, and publishing the good news). Even if people around us generally look down upon people who do such things, some authorities of the world have respect for people who are actively engaged in some kind of organized activity. . .no matter what that activity is. That means that sometimes we can even win support and authority, from worldly authorities, by honestly and openly pursuing activities that are according to what we believe.

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