April 7, 2010
Will You be the PUSH another needs to Succeed?
“If it’s true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?”
“That’s a good question,” I thought, reading a post scribed by a young woman whom I imagine is not alone in her sentiment. Her post captured my attention as the heartbeat behind Womens Leadership Advantage is to catapult women into a life of intentional
design and purpose. To be the “other people” she’s asking about.
One might respond to her by asking, “Do you think the purpose of another is something you are to be concerned with? Or should your energy be spent on what God is asking of you?” The question while having its place, merely demonstrates how difficult it can be to identify with the feelings of another, to be intentional to get to the heart behind the question.
By asking, “What are others here for,”I wonder if she is grieving her loss to date concerning the role described by Marc Morial, who celebrated 100 years of opening the doors for others. What he described in his promotional material is a huge
loss when it is absent. He said, “No one gets to where they are without someone else helping, assisting, pushing, inspiring. We have an obligation to open doors for others.”
This is the role of the cupbearer in scripture, Joseph’s bunk mate in prison. Joseph turns to him for the help and assist he needs. He says to the 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” (Gen. 40:14).Two years expire before the cupbearer remembers Joseph and opens the door for him.
This only proves the sovereignty of God, His timing and His work in us and through us. We are created in Christ to do good works. It is what God prepared in advance for
us to do (see Eph. 2:10), also equipping us with the gifts needed to be successful. And yet, the role of the cupbearer is instrumental to the purposes of God. The unfolding of events in Joseph life following the cupbearer’s recommendation is amazing! It is the fruit of one. Just one! One who is willing to put his reputation on the line and say, “I know a man
with a gift, a man in jail, and yet, able to do amazing things as a recipient of the deposits of God!”The cupbearer creates opportunity. He is imprisoned with Joseph to be the assist that pushes him into the purposes of God for his life. This is what others are here for. This is what we are here for… to be the help described by Marc Morial, whose organization celebrates 100 years of opening doors for others!