You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. Genesis 50:20 (NLT)
Recently, I saw the PBS documentary Citizen King. Here we see the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the beginning of his ministry to his passing.
Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for the rights of integration, equality in standard of living and justice, encouraged social change (acceptance of racial differences and cultures) and poverty alleviation. This man was a dreamer. And when I look at his life and ponder how he mustered all the strength to do what he was able to do, I realized that any man, no matter how great in stature couldn’t have done what he did. Dr. King, for sure, didn’t come up with the means of how to do things by his own strength. Through Christ, Dr. King preached non-violence for real change, the same way He did. Violence never solved anything. Disrespect and rebellion never progressed to anything as great as what the SCLC, MLK’s movement, achieved. Through this movement, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was enacted. For Dr. King, Jesus Christ was the way.
God intended Dr. Martin Luther King to be His instrument. Dr. King humbly followed and kept his focus on God, keeping Christ in the midst of every successful march and movement, and even at those times when he was in jail. Martin Luther King was a preacher first, a Christ worshipper even before he became a civil rights activist. That’s why in his speeches, it didn’t look like a political rally, it looked like a revival. Jesus was always in the center of the civil rights movement. And that made King fearless for the Gospel will never betray him. He knew what the truth was, and through Him, they were set free.
Although Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated, he was brought to a position where Christ used him as intended for the benefit of many. MLK studied the word of God, had an amazing relationship with the Lord, which provided him strength and grace.
As Dr. King did, let us ask God how can we help the advancement of His kingdom. Let us ask how can we be of service to the people around us. Let us be more of Him and less of us. We seek to proclaim and worship the name of the Lord. And, we are to encourage others to seek a deeper relationship with Christ, as we seek it as well. We want every one to be free at last! Free from the bondage of sin, from our own guilt, and from the lies of the world! Then, we truly experience the benefit of God’s freedom, a freedom which breaks the walls of slavery may it be of race or economics, a freedom which breaks fear and uncertainty , and the freedom to rest on the hope, having faith, that through Christ the outcome will always be good, pleasing and perfect.
“[For] my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus–the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” Acts 20:24 (NLT)