6 Truths from Martin Luther King Jr.
Today as we celebrate and reflect on the life, message and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., let’s pause and reflect on a number of key pieces of inspiration from his life that still speak to us today.
- His faith resulted in work for justice. James tells us that faith without works is dead. Likewise, as a result of King’s great faith, he could not sit back and behold injustice. His faith compelled him to work for truth and for justice for all men, women and children. "But let justice flow like a river and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream," Amos 5:24
- The Gospel breaks down every wall of division and impacts every aspect of society. It's influence is not meant for church only but in every society. Luther walked out the truth that in Christ, there is no division, no race, no walls. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. English Standard Version There is neither Jew nor Greek, ... Galatians 3:28
- He testified to the truth that there is one God and Father of all. Therefore every person, regardless of race is a creation of God and invited into a personal relationship with him through is Son Jesus Christ.
- Faith lived in his heart and was expressed out of his faith. Romans tells us that it is with our heart we believe and with our mouth we confess. King is quoted as quoting from Jeremiah the prophet, “But if I say, "I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name," his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.”
- God is still in the delivering business. For hundreds of years, African- Americans were treated as second class, enslaved, isolated, segregated until God raised up King as a voice of deliverance.
- Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground it abides alone. King's message only seemed to be amplified in his death. Though he did not see the full fruit of his labor, his legacy lives on in the lives of all Americans. His service, leading to sacrifice, made him great in the eyes of history and started a movement in the nation that far outlived him.
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