Monday, January 19, 2009

servant king

Matthew 20:28 (niv) --- just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." 
 
We celebrate here in America Martin Luther King, JR day in honor of a man who was a great servant and led many to know and live in freedom.  There is so we could say about Dr. King, but I want him to speak for us:
 
- A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
 
- An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
- Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
 
- To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.
 
- I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
 
Not only was Dr. King a man of great influence and leadership, but he was a Christian who shared the truth of Christ.
 
I point you to the fact that our Savior, Jesus, was and is a servant.  We have to emulate him.  The highest form of flattery and of honor is imitation.  Not by talking a gun to stop an action but by living our life to serve people in name of something better and higher and bigger than us.  And that something is Jesus.
 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did just that.
 
I challenge you to join others who have gone before us.  Raise our voices to be heard and live and spend our lives in serving others for the cause and glory of Christ.
 
Galatians 5:13 (nlt) --- For you have been called to live in freedom ... use your freedom to serve one another in love.

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