On Sunday, March 30, Rev. Margaret Minnicks, associate minister at New Canaan Worship Center in Richmond, Virginia preached "Push Past Your Pain."
Based on Genesis 49:22-26, which is the blessing Jacob bestowed upon Joseph, Rev. Minnicks used the story of Joseph to explain what happens when you push past your pain in order to receive the greatest gain God has for you.
Throughout the sermon, the Bible teacher took the congregation through the many painful things Joseph went through without grumbling, complaining or casting blame on anyone. He never gave up on serving God even though he experienced three downs:
- Joseph's brothers put him down in the pit when he was 17. (Genesis 37:24)
- Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery and Joseph was taken down to Egypt. (Genesis 37:28)
- Joseph was falsely accused of seducing Potiphar's wife and he was put in prison down in the dungeons. (Genesis 39:19-23)
Rev. Minnicks shared with the congregation that Joseph was a type of Christ. This means that Joseph foreshadowed some of the same things that Jesus experienced. Just to name a few:
Joseph was 30 when he began his mission in Egypt. Jesus was 30 when he started His ministry.
Joseph went down in a pit. Jesus went down in the belly of the earth.
Joseph was rejected by his brothers. Jesus was rejected by his own people.
Joseph was sent from his father. Jesus was sent from His Father.
Joseph forgave His brothers. Jesus forgive those who crucified Him.
Joseph was sold into slavery for 20 shekels, the going rate of a slave at the time. Jesus was sold for 30 pieces of silver, the going rate for a slave at that time.
Rev. Minnicks encouraged the congregation to push past their own pain because there is purpose in their pain. Our pain is in proportion to our gain. While pain is real, it will not last. It did not come to stay. If we want to press toward the mark for the high calling of Jesus Christ, we first must push past the pain. We tend to just want to press, but the pushing comes first.
The conclusion of the sermon was that God was with Joseph throughout his painful situations. That's why Joseph could endure so many years of misfortune. We, too, can endure the pain we experience while we are on the way to becoming what God has created us to become.
If you are reading this, know that you can let Joseph's story be your story when you learn to "push past your pain."