In our life, we often strive to be upgraded or get to the next big thing. Whether it is in our career, relationships, or ministry, we want to get to the next level. We see concept in quotes like, “be the change, and be all that you can be.” We also see this with the rise of how-to manuals and do it yourself books.
However, I believe the key to upgrade is serving. We see this principle demonstrated in the bible many times, one of them being Jesus’s life and ministry. Jesus said, “For even the Son of Man did not come expecting to be served by everyone, but to serve everyone, and to give his life as the ransom price in exchange for the salvation of many.” (Mark 10: 45)
Joseph also demonstrated serving and in result, gained greater favor and upgrade in his life. In Genesis 39, we read that Joseph is purchased by Potiphar to be the overseer of his house and put him in charge of everything he had. Joseph served Potiphar for many years and stayed faithful to him and to the responsibilities Potiphar had given him. Later on, Joseph is wrongfully accused of being with Potiphar’s wife and is thrown in jail. Through that time Joseph’s heart remained pure with the Lord, continually going before the Lord to pray. While Joseph was in jail, he interpreted dreams of men from Pharaoh's house. A few years later, Joseph interpreted Pharaoh's dream with such accuracy that Joseph was placed in authority over all the land of Egypt. We see in Joseph's life that because he served Potiphar well with a pure heart, he was later positioned to be upgraded to oversee all of Egypt.
To have a servant’s heart, you will need to constantly go before the Lord and keep your heart humble. Humility isn’t something you chose to become it’s a byproduct of service. Serving should never be something you do for personal gain. “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4) A servant is one who, even in positions of leadership seeks to lead and influence others.