“He brought back all the goods, and also brought back his relative Lot with his possessions, and also the women, and the people.” Gen 14:16
Abram had one mission – to save Lot from the armies that took him captive. However when that mission is complete, we see that much more was accomplished than the saving of one individual. We see that by saving one person, we can save an entire city of people.
I am of the belief that Abraham prefigured many people and entities in the scriptures. Thus I feel that the concept of salvation, is at least in part represented by Abraham’s actions in this story. As Abraham was told he would have many descendants, I feel that those of us who take part in leading someone to God and Christ will have many spiritual descendants. And so our spiritual descendants can become as numerous as the dust of the earth and the stars of the sky – because like a natural family, the process continues after we pass away.
Who has been born into the family of God through us? Are we a spiritual father or mother to anyone? I’m sure if our spiritual descendants are revealed to us on that great day, just like at our earthly family reunions, we will meet relatives we didn’t even know we had.