If this woman had not protected these men, would David have been killed? Would his son Solomon have been kept from the throne? Would Solomon’s temple and proverbs have existed?
A young boy is sold into slavery by his brothers but rises to rule Egypt and save his family. A fugitive shepherd sees a burning bush and changes the world. An unnamed Roman centurion keeps his soldiers from killing Paul when their ship wrecks at Malta; seven of the apostle’s thirteen letters would not have been written apart from this man’s intervention.
Pastor Jim Denison of the Denison Forum comments, “Our culture measures us by our impact on the world today. But history measures us by our impact on the world tomorrow. Twenty million millennia after we have forgotten today’s headlines, Jesus will still be King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16). If you want to leave a legacy that matters (I know that you do), serve the Lord of time and eternity and you will do the works of Jesus in the power of his Spirit (John 14:12).”
The poet James Allen Francis noted: “All the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that ever were built, all the parliaments that ever sat, and all the kings that ever reigned, put together have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as have that One Solitary Life.” Of course he was referencing Jesus.
In 2 Timothy 2:2 Paul shares with his protege Timothy the “secret” of effective discipleship, of leaving the right kind of legacy, “And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” We must be INTENTIONAL! May it be said of us, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith…” (Timothy 4:7)