As usual, I've thought of many things I could write about today. I could expand on my last post about contentment, I could get on a soapbox (although I don't like to do that here), or I could write chronogolically through my daily bible reading. If you remember anything about the first few chapters of 1 Chronicles, you will see my dilemma. There is little doctrine or application to write about - at least through my little eyes - except for the prayer of Jabez nestled into 1 Chronicles 4 amongst all the genealogy. But I started thinking about all of the lineages of Kings presented and I thought of my recent readings through 1 and 2 Kings, and the light came on.
What do all of the people's names here represent? They represent the results of time. Time invested positively or negatively in the lives of others. As I connect the dots of scripture, I think about how many times I read the words "he did that which was evil" in association with the legacy of Jeroboam, the first king of Israel in the divided kingdom. Seven times in scripture we see this phrase combined with the phrase who or which "made Israel to sin". (2 Kings 13:2, 2 Kings 13:11, 2 Kings 14:24, 2 Kings 15:9, 2 Kings 15:18, 2 Kings 15:24, 2 Kings 15:28). Jeroboams legacy, immortalized in pages of scripture, was that he made Israel to sin. I don't know about you, but I don't want that kind of legacy.
As Christians we have a bigger responsibility than just to not cause people to sin. Jesus commands us to teach others what we've learned. Paul elaborates on this truth even more in his letter to Timothy, his own disciple:
Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 2 Timothy 2:1-2
This commandment takes shape in many different ways throughout the seasons of our lives. For some of us, our current situations may dictate that we spend the time training up our children. For others, adults are our calling. Who, dear reader, are you training up so that they too can be training up others? Have you ever had the words and teachings committed to you? If you have, get started on your eternal legacy. If you haven't, find someone who can walk beside you and guide you in your journal of spiritual growth. If anyone has more questions about what I'm talking about here, please feel free to contact me. I'd love to help. One of the biggest blessings I can experience in my life is to help someone else grow closer to God. I challenge you to do the same. So, are you ready to get going?