Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Spirituality of Youth in the Modern Age

Leena Abraham
St. John's MTC, NY

38 Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find anyone else like this—one in whom is the spirit of God?” 39 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is no one so discerning and wise as you.40 You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command; only with regard to the throne will I be greater than you.” 41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”

Many of us know the context of the story of Joseph and his journey. A son favored by his father but hated by his brothers. He was sold into slavery by his brothers and we see how God found favor in Joseph and took him from a place of bondage to being in charge of the whole land of Egypt. Those that came in contact with Joseph were able to see the purity of his character and the spirit of God that lived within him. Joseph remained faithful to God and his spirit remained unfaltered amidst his hardships. Joseph was blessed with the gift of being able to interpret dreams and he used that gift regardless of where life placed him.

Joseph didn’t let his circumstances dictate his spirituality; he was faithful to God. Often we are only spiritual and faithful at our convenience. We are faithful when we want to be and when our lifestyle allows it. We are often spiritual when everything in our life is positive or it is going as expected. When we are facing hardships our spirituality and faith falter first – because we ask “Why me God”? We never question God when things are going well in our life the same way – “Why was I given this blessing”?

Joseph didn’t lose hope; he trusted in God. He trusted that his journey wouldn’t end here. Many a times we have placed a time limit within which our prayers need to be heard and answered. Joseph waited many years before his life turned around from being in bondage. He trusted in his dreams and trusted God to deliver him.

So Pharaoh asked them, “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?” Joseph’s spirituality was visible to others. His faith wasn’t without deeds. This question to me is far more important and valuable than the position Pharaoh entrusted him with. There is great joy when others can see the spirit of God dwelling within you. It is wonderful to get the recognition of being known as a man/woman of God. Many a times we fail to reflect God in our actions. We have accepted Christ but we have not transformed ourselves. Many a times, we can’t see the spirit of God in believers.

In this modern age, it is hard to reflect the spirit of God because our focus has shifted from God to the things of this world. Joseph trusted in God and knew that his dreams will be fulfilled. God has called all of us to lead that life. He can free us from the bondages that we have placed on ourselves today. He can raise us beyond our expectations.

Can we challenge ourselves today to be faithful to God regardless of our circumstance? Can we have faith and trust in Him to deliver us? Can we allow God to transform our lives? Can we truly accept and embrace our calling as believers so others may see the spirit of God within us?


Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for our blessings and our circumstances. Help us today to accept these challenges and strengthen us Father God to accept our true calling as Christians in this world today. Lord God, help us to reflect the Holy Spirit in our actions so others may see you through us. This we ask in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

In this modern age, will you be happy if take a “selfie” of your spirit. Let the spirit of God be revealed in you so that others may stand up and ask about the God you believe in. 

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