The Spirit of God
1/1/2012 10:02:26 PM
Genesis 41:38 — And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?

Matthew 5:16 — Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

I have always LOVED this verse in Genesis about Joseph.

Here's Pharoah, surrounded by the Egyptian elite, and this Hebrew slave is brought out of the prison to meet him. 5 minutes later, Pharoah -- a pagan -- sits pondering the question of who he should choose to save Egypt, and he says "can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?"

Pharoah recognized the Spirit of God in Joseph. In 5 minutes. That is an amazing thing.

I think that when someone has the Spirit of God, they often have an almost visible quality -- like light, a bright countenance. Christ told his followers to let their light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven.

When I am trying to be clean, when I am trying to turn my will over to God, I feel God's love for me start to shine as if piercing through the dirty glass that I have become. As I try -- really try -- to accept Christ's grace and to live compatible with that gift by rejecting sin, the grime on the glass starts to melt away, and the light grows brighter and brighter.

I am no Joseph. He is a special example to us all. And I know I don't exude the same palpable Spirit that he carried with him at all times; his was the result of years of self discipline and faith.

But the difference is only in degree, not in kind.

The difference between me and Joseph is only how clean the glass is -- the light within is exactly the same. I can be like Joseph because what made Joseph special was the Spirit of God that he carried, and ever since I was eight years old I have been entitled to carry that same Spirit with me every where I go, as long as I don't send it away or go places that would offend it.

I have not been perfect these last few weeks. But this season where we remember Christ's birth and the newness of the year and how Christ's mission and purpose was to make all things new, I can feel hope.

Hope to an addict is like air to one drowning.

Happy New Year. Happy New Life.


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General Conference October 2006