From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. (Gen. 39:5)

WHEN HANK BECAME A CHRISTIAN in his mid-twenties, he wanted his new faith to infuse every area of his life. That included his already-successful property management business. Hank determined that he would honor God through his success by blessing others. He began by contributing to the missionaries his church sponsored. He continued by training others in property management, hiring them to help him expand his business. Some were family men who had been laid off. Others were college students. A choice few were missionaries who were retiring from the field and in need of income. As Hank blessed others, God blessed Hank—and that led to Hank being able to bless even more people in his growing circle of friends and business contacts. It seemed that whoever connected with Hank was in position to receive special blessings from God.

That was the situation with Joseph. Success came in turn to Potiphar, Pharaoh, and the whole of Egypt as each connected with Joseph, whose own success was inextricably wrapped in God’s favor due to his profound faithfulness to the God he loved. The reach of Joseph’s success went beyond himself to impact a nation.

Sometimes God’s favor resides so strongly with someone that those around that person are blessed too. The success of those individuals often becomes a “blessing zone” that changes lives, and sometimes history.

Find a way this week to bless others through your God-given blessings.

Steve Wamberg is a husband, dad, writer, and pastor who loves his wife, kids and their spouses, preaching, teaching, music, coffee, friends, and Nebraska football.