A Reason to Honor MLK
With strong faith, leadership skills, and an unprecedented power of speech, he became one of the most influential individuals in the history of this country. As a leader of the Civil Rights Movement and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, it comes to no surprise that every third Monday in January our nation recognizes the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Through his powerful speeches, demonstrations, and writings, King led the masses in an examination of the heart. He challenged individuals to evaluate their perception and treatment of others. He preached on having a spirit of service, peace, and love rather than that of entitlement, anger, and bitterness. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a great man with a great message, but most importantly, he served a great God.
If we examined all of King’s accomplishments as well as all his trials, it would amaze us, but I’m afraid we would then lose the heart and focus of what he was trying to convey: “We must keep God in the forefront. Let us be Christian in all our actions.” Make no mistake, God had His hand upon Martin Luther King, Jr. God used MLK in a mighty way because he was willing to serve the Lord. King’s actions were a result of having a heart of a servant and the power of an almighty God.
“… Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” (Mark 9:35)
A Challenge for Us
Can you imagine the transformation throughout the world if each one of us was willing to serve and love God and one another as Martin Luther King Jr. did? Let this challenge us: that today and every day we will stand strong in faith and in truth, spreading the Gospel throughout the nations and leaving God’s mark on this world just as King did. Whether God calls you to serve a people locally or internationally, God is ready to use you in a mighty way. You just have to say “yes.”
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12)
“Everybody can be great. Because anyone can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve… You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” –Martin Luther King Jr.