“And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him; And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it. And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt. And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content. Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt…And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh’s, and captain of the guard.
– Genesis 37:23-28, 36
Daily, people are in search of their purpose, passion, dreams, goals, spouse, and ultimate destiny. Many of whom are in constant prayer and meditation with the hopes that one day soon God will show up and reveal it all to them. Once this happens we all think that it is going to be a glorious day; one filled with joy and laughter, prosperity and peace, love and compassion, and a total sense of belonging. Oh yes, there will be bells ringing, all kinds of instruments playing, people will finally get the real you, and all your cares will be laid to rest. That’s the good life, ain’t it? That’s the life that we are all pressing towards. That’s the life that little Annie sung about when she said, “Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I Love Ya! Tomorrow! You’re only a day away!” I hate to interrupt our regularly broadcasted mindsets, but what do you do when you gain the revelation of everything concerning you only to find out that though you have achieved your wildest dreams, goals, and aspirations, you are not going to be accepted? What do you do when you finally get to a place of a sense of fulfillment in your life only to discover that no one will want to be around you any longer? How do you handle having the world at your finger tips, but no one wants to be a part of it? What do you do when the calling of God on your life has been activated but it seems you are not being accepted? Let’s talk about it.
In this day and age of life and society, acceptance is a crucial element to most people. It is the element that sort gives a person a sense that who they are and what they are doing is already or will be great in the eyes of others. That’s what we have come to in regards to judging our worth. It’s not about whether or not we are being authentic or activated, but it’s are we being accepted. It can be seen on TV with all the different types of issues we are facing as a country. It can be seen on social media through all the different ways people camouflage themselves in order to build up a friend base or following. It can be seen in our schools by the amount of kids that would rather take on a disruptive behavior mindset than sit and learn information that could be useful for them for tomorrow. Acceptance! Everybody wants to have a sense of acceptance, and there is honestly nothing wrong with that. That is, if it is the right kind of acceptance. What do I mean by this? Acceptance should not come at the price of you compromising or diminishing who you are, what you’re meant to do, why you do it, or even how you do it. In other words, we should not be downgrading or devaluing ourselves in order to say that we have some friends, oh I mean people accept me.
Nevertheless, I digress and shift gears into our text for this week. Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob that was esteemed highly in his father’s eyes but met with anger, bitterness, and fury in the eyes of his brothers. Joseph, the son of Jacob that was birth during Jacob’s eldest years and clothed with a coat of many colors but despised, envied, and hated by his brothers. Joseph, the chosen servant of God whom God spoke and revealed things to through dreams but ostracized, criticized, terrorized, and jeopardized by his brothers. This Joseph had received a call from God and had it activated in his life. He was chosen to be a leader among his peers and an occasional speaker for the kingdom by God himself. He had dreams, experienced constant favor, and consistently experienced promotion; yet, he was rejected, denied, and I unwelcome by those who were supposed to love him and care for him. Jacob experienced just what it means to be activated but not accepted. How? His brothers didn’t believe any of the dreams he had. They tried to kill him and eventually sold him off into slavery. His boss’s wife attempted to seduce him and was ultimately responsible for his prison time. Yet, despite having to endure all of this, there was still an activated call on his life.
What do you do when you know that God has placed a call upon your life, but it seems that no one is accepting of your call? The answer is simple: You walk in the call. You don’t look to the left nor to the right, but you just simply walk in the call. Let me show what this looks like. Joseph had a dream and was able to interpret it without the help of anyone else. This means that there was a call bestowed unto him of the ability to interpret dreams. In addition to that, Joseph’s dream showed him as a leader with others looking up to him. Watch this. Joseph was sold into slavery, but as a result of him walking in his call (interpreting dreams), his gift made room for him and he was promoted to overseer of Potiphar’s House. It didn’t stop there. Potiphar’s wife became obsessed with young boy Joseph and felt she had to have him. He did the right thing and denied her. His act of being pure, respectful, and loyal landed him in prison, but the prison couldn’t keep him down. He continued to walk in his calling and became the prisoner over all other prisoners. Then, they came and said Pharaoh had a dream and can’t interpret it. Who is there that can reveal to me the meaning of this dream? Somebody said, “Have you tried the servant Joseph?” Pharaoh sent for Joseph and he interpreted the dream. Soon there after, Joseph was declared Prince and the Head of the entire country and all that is within it.
Speaking of have you heard, I’m reminded of another servant who had a call and walked in it. Come here Job! God spoke of Job in such a manner that He said that there was none like him. A perfect and upright man is he, and he fears Me and deliberately does not evil. In other words, though evil may present itself and even could be warranted, Job made up in his mind that “No matter what, I’m not going to do it!” So, the devil got permission from God to attack Job. You know the story. The devil hit him, and he hit him some more. He kicked him, and he kicked him some more. After all that was said and done, he looked at Job and spit on him like he was nothing. Y’all know that ain’t exactly what the devil did; however, I’m just adding my commentary for effects. However, in spite of what Job was faced with, he kept on walking in his call. He didn’t once curse God, and he didn’t once set his mind to do evil. As a matter of fact, his so called friends didn’t even believe him when he said I have done no evil or sin to bring this on myself. Instead, he continued to pray, continued to praise, continued to press, and continued to push. Soon, God showed up and restored him and gave him double for all his trouble. Question: Did you notice that both Joseph and Job seemed to have it going on before God allowed them to lose it all? Can I give y’all the first shout cue real quick? It may seem like you are doing good in life. It may even seem like you are at an all time high or level that you’ve never reached before. However, in spite of your success God will sometimes look at you and say, “You’re not high enough yet! You’re not on the level that I have in mind yet! You’re not at your best yet! There’s more for you! Thus, I have to allow persecution to come upon you. Why? For after you have suffered a while, then shall I come and strengthen you, establish you, settle you, and make you perfect!” You Missed It! It will sink in later.
Let me bring in a few more witnesses that can attest to being Activated But Not Accepted. Can I have Moses to come to the witness stand please. You know Moses. He was the guy that God spoke to and revealed His plan go through a burning bush. Moses went and did as the Lord had said, but no one accepted him, especially not Pharaoh. What did Moses do? He kept on walking in his call. When he was in the wilderness for 30+ years with the Children of Israel, they often times questioned both Him and God, but how did Moses respond? He walked in his call. If I had time I would call David to the stand, and I would tell you all about how God had sent Samuel to Jesse’s house to anoint the soon to be new King of Israel. God said there is a boy there that is a praises and he is after my heart. Everyone looked over little old David, but what did David do? He kept walking in his call. He kept on praising and lifting his voice to the heavens. Even after he got anointed, his kinfolk still rejected him and persecuted him, but how did David respond? He continued to walk in his call. If I really had time I would call the one and only, Jesus to the stand so that he can tell you how despite the miracles, signs, and wonders he performed, he was still rejected by those whom he was sent to and for. You missed that didn’t you? If you have been paying attention here, there is a common detonator amongst all these people. Do you see it? No? Can you handle the second shout cue? Everybody who did not accept them was the closest to them. As a matter of fact, the very ones who rejected them were the very ones who were supposed to be their family. Oh, you missed that one to!
What am I saying to us? If you are not experiencing backlash, persecution, betrayal, misunderstanding, jealousy, hypocrisy, or even envy and misery at the hands of those whom are close to you, then you may want to get Jesus on the line and make sure that you have been activated and not placed on call waiting. That will sink in momentarily. However, what I’m trying to tell you is that when God decides that it is your time, your season, your turn, and your moment haters are going to come out the woodworks. Watch this. And, the majority of them will be from within the courts of those you consider to be family! Oh, that’s shouting stuff right there! Wait. Somebody say they don’t believe me. Well it just so happen, I come prepared with Bible in hand. In Luke 4:24, Jesus told the people “And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.” Why? Could t be that they are too familiar with you? Could it be that they are so immune to change that they don’t realize the wonderful change that has come over you? Could it be that they are in a place of association? Can I give you another shout cue? If you look at the lives of these and other similar individuals from the Bible (those who faced similar situations), whenever God got ready to elevate them he did it in unfamiliar territory or at a different flow than they were accustomed to. In other words, God said if you want it, then you have got to be willing to go and break the flow! Break it! Break the flow! Change your atmosphere! Change your surroundings! Change you mental and entire cognitive ability! Change the way you do thing! I believe that is what God is saying with this text and topic. I believe He is saying yes I have called and activated you, but in order to truly posses it you have to be willing to endure persecution and be ready to Break The Flow! That’s what it means to be Activated But Not Accepted! It means there is a flow that is connected to your not being accepted, and if you are going to have what God says you can have, then you are going to have to Break It! Shout Yes! Be blessed and stay encouraged!