Joseph was in training to become second in command of Egypt. He just didn’t know it. He was not a shepherd, like King David, but he often tended his father’s flocks.

Genesis 37:2, “…When Joseph was seventeen years old, he often tended his father’s flocks. He worked for his half-brothers, the sons of his father’s wives Bilhah and Zilpah. But Joseph reported to his father some of the bad things his brothers were doing.” New Living Translation

Bilhah and Zilpah were slaves or servants. Their owners, Rachel and Leah, gave them to Jacob to become his wives, (30:3, 30:9). Their children were the sons of slaves. These sons were the shepherds.

Joseph, the favorite, (v. 3, 4), was willing to work for sons of slaves. It says he often tended the flocks.

10 Characteristics of a Leader

  1. A leader is not afraid of hard work and getting dirty, v. 2.
  2. A leader does not see any job as beneath him, v. 2.
  3. A leader can work for, and with, anyone, v. 2.
  4. A leader will work steadily or often, v. 2.
  5. A leader does not cover up dishonesty, v. 2.
  6. A leader reports and submits to authority, v. 2.
  7. A leader does not keep a list of all failures or wrongdoings, v. 2.
  8. A leader works when he doesn’t have to because of his position, v. 3, 4.
  9. A leader will do the work, even when it is someone else’s job, v. 2.
  10. A leader will seek answers, even when it makes him unpopular, v. 3, 4.

Dear Father God,

Thank You for the reminder that I am in training. I don’t know the plans You have in store for me. Help me to work like Joseph did, no matter where I am.

In Jesus Name,


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