And you, Joseph, are commanded to say, ‘Do this: take wagons from the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and bring your father, and come. Genesis 45:16
Would Pharaoh have honored Joseph’s brothers if he’d only known them as Hebrews who were visiting Egypt? Never. The blessing came because of his love for Joseph. Whom Joseph loved, Pharaoh loved.
My father, a principal in our public school system, was well loved and respected. Because of that, honor was given to our family. My father-in-law, an iconic evangelist, famous for his passion for reaching the lost, was also respected. By marrying into his family, I have been blessed by strangers just because I bear his last name. My husband, Ron, is well loved too. He is hard working, faithful, an honest leader, has never made an enemy, and because of this, respect and good will have followed us.
Do I need to have an honorable family on earth to be blessed by association? No. That would be unfair if that were the only criterion. We didn’t get to vote which family we were born into. But we are now blessed because of our association to Jesus. God, His father, loves those whom the Son loves. Because Jesus reconciled us to His Father and made us brothers and sisters, God beckons us from the land of famine to the land of plenty. He provides everything we need for the journey home to Him. Our future and inheritance are guaranteed simply because of who Jesus is. He has presented us to His Father, validated our adoption, and secured our inheritance.
Father, I enjoy the smile You have for me today because I love Your Son. Thank you for including me in His line of favor. Amen