Thursday, June 01, 2017

"Lead and Leave a Legacy"

1st Chronicles 1.10 NIV

“Cush was the father of Nimrod, who
grew to be a mighty warrior on earth.”

Cush must have been a proud father. He watched his son Nimrod grow into “a mighty warrior.” Nimrod’s legacy is recorded in both 1st Chronicles and the book of Genesis: “Nimrod... grew to be a mighty warrior on the earth” and “a mighty hunter before the LORD, (Genesis 10.8-9 NIV).

According to the Genesis account, Nimrod was also an amazing leader who built huge empires and cities like Babylon, Shinar, Babel, and Nineveh. Assyria was known as “the land of Nimrod” according to the prophets (Micah 5.6). This remarkable man literally established the governments and controlled the politics of ancient Mesopotamia. Who was this man whose greatness surpassed Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Alexander the Great, and Caesar?

Very little is known about Nimrod. He was the great-grandson of Noah and probably lived around 1,500 years before Christ. His name means valiant or rebellious. Nimrod must have been a person of incredible significance since he is described with a flourish among a list of about 200 other less hailed names in the genealogical record of 1st Chronicles. Historical greats like Adam, Seth, Methuselah, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, Esau, and Israel... Nimrod surpassed them all as perhaps the greatest leader of his millennium.

For reasons known only to God, Nimrod was divinely empowered with abilities far transcending the human norm. This man not only moved nations, he created them.

You and I may never achieve the influence and greatness of Nimrod. But like Nimrod, we have been divinely empowered to lead someone... a family, a company, a committee, a church, or a community. To that end, we must apply ourselves diligently…

“Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us,
each of us is to exercise them accordingly:… he who leads, with diligence.”
Romans 12.6, 8 NASU

Lead “with diligence” those few precious souls who will bear your legacy to the end that on some future day they will say of you, “He was ‘a mighty warrior’ for his faith in Christ.”

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