Let Us Do Our Duty

He left all that he had in Joseph's charge, and because of him he had no concern about anything but the food he ate.
GENESIS 39:6
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Let Us Do Our Duty
Whatever we do in this world, all this we refer to the glory of God, in order that many may be converted and saved. Therefore we eat, drink, engage in household as well as political matters, and also gather a church by teaching—all this for the purpose of seeking the life to come, as did Joseph, who had no hope of freedom or of royal authority in Egypt but nevertheless looked forward to eternal glory and happiness in heaven. We shall have the same hope, even though in this life too God heaps many good things upon the godly. But this is not the chief reward. Eternal life and everlasting joy, these at last are the true reward of the godly in heaven—the reward which Christ and all the saints have received. Farewell to the world, then, with its harpies! Let us do our duty, as we still teach by the favor of God and endure great troubles with the utmost patience; for in all ways we desire to be mindful of those who are godless and ungrateful, and we are satisfied with the knowledge that our pursuits and labors are pleasing to God. What we cannot take away we can leave behind. If we have the assent and the favor of God, who says: "Behold, your service is pleasing to Me; I will be your reward, and I will render abundant satisfaction for your service to ungrateful men," this promise and consolation is far richer than all the treasures of the whole world.
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