THE DREAM PART 7 – MADE FOR MORE. FAITHFUL WITH LESS
As we believe God for our Dream, there will be times where we will encounter people with their own dream that will rely on our help to interpret it and make it come alive. We cannot afford to simply focus on our own dream and not help others. When we do this, we will find we are nearing the doorstep of the fulfillment of our own dream.
Some time later, the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their master, the king of Egypt. Pharaoh was angry with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the same prison where Joseph was confined. The captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, and he attended them.
After they had been in custody for some time, each of the two men—the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were being held in prison—had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own.
When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw that they were dejected. So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in custody with him in his master’s house, “Why do you look so sad today?”
“We both had dreams,” they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.”
Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.”
So the chief cupbearer told Joseph his dream. He said to him, “In my dream I saw a vine in front of me, and on the vine were three branches. As soon as it budded, it blossomed, and its clusters ripened into grapes. Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup and put the cup in his hand.”
“This is what it means,” Joseph said to him. “The three branches are three days. Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand, just as you used to do when you were his cupbearer. But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison. I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon.”
When the chief baker saw that Joseph had given a favorable interpretation, he said to Joseph, “I too had a dream: On my head were three baskets of bread.[a] In the top basket were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.”
“This is what it means,” Joseph said. “The three baskets are three days. Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head and impale your body on a pole. And the birds will eat away your flesh.”
Now the third day was Pharaoh’s birthday, and he gave a feast for all his officials. He lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker in the presence of his officials: He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, so that he once again put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand— but he impaled the chief baker, just as Joseph had said to them in his interpretation.
The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.
While in prison, awaiting the fulfillment of his own Dream, Joseph encountered two people with dreams of their own. They needed help interpreting their dreams and finding meaning in them. Joseph could have easily ignored their need and focused purely on his own dream. Instead, he adopted an attitude that was willing to help others walk toward their dream even as he waited on the fulfillment of his. His example is one for our lives as we walk toward and wait for our own dreams.
DREAMING WITH OTHERS……
MEANS OWNING THE PROVIDENCE THAT PRESENTS ITSELF. (the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were being held in prison—had a dream the same night)
Joseph didn’t specifically go out and look for other dreamers to help, but when others with needs showed up at his doorstep he didn’t hesitate to offer assistance. We could learn from this. When people with dreams appear in our lives, we cannot turn a blind eye to helping them. We must own the truth that each person with a dream in front of us is sent by direct providence from God. We cannot keep to ourselves and withhold assistance.
Question for group
What current opportunities exist right now for you to assist someone in their dream? What are you doing about it?
DOESN’T MEAN THEY WILL REPAY THE FAVOR. (mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison….. / The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.)
Joseph helped two others in their dreams and neither of them returned the favor. One couldn’t, one didn’t. We must settle in our hearts the fact that just because we help someone doesn’t mean they will always do the same for us. We still help others anyway, regardless of their actions toward us, because it is exactly what Jesus Christ would do. We don’t help others to get something back, we help others purely because people matter to God and helping them is the right thing to do.
Question for group
When you help others in their dreams and they don’t repay the favor, are your efforts wasted? Why or why not?
SETS THE STAGE FOR YOUR FINISH LINE (Genesis 41:1 – When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream.)
While Joseph may have initially been forgotten, there came a moment where the stage was set for Joseph to see the finish line for his dream. Pharaoh had a dream, and Joseph would be the one to interpret that dream. It is not a coincidence that after selflessly helping others reach their dream that events began to be put in motion for Joseph to see his dream fulfilled. Part of the journey of a dreamer is developing a Christ like selflessness that, while helping others, prepares our heart and motives for the bigger event of seeing our dreams fulfilled.
Question for group
For your dream, what does the finish line look like? Who do you want to be when you cross it?
after the 10a experience
Ready to take the next steps at Radiant? Rad 101 is for you! Rad 101 is a 1 week class, held on Sundays immediately after the 10:00 experience. This class teaches the history, mission, and values of Radiant while also answering some basic questions on how to get plugged into serving on team at Radiant. Our next Rad 101 is scheduled for Sunday, February 16th.
For more details, and to register, please see us at the Home Tent or send an email to email@example.com
YOU’VE BEEN EGGED!
You’ve Been Egged! We are gearing up for Easter Week and want to do everything we can to extend an invite to those looking to head to church that day. Not only do we have our Light the Night Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 10, as well as our Virtual Easter Egg Hunts that week, but we also are “egging” houses as a way bring a personal touch to those who need it. Talk in your Rad Group about those who you know who need an invitation.