Today, we celebrate one of the greatest American leaders in history. But, he wasn’t just a world-focused leader. He was a man of courage, centered on the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He knew the power of God, and what could happen when we follow God’s direction for our lives.
He knew the sacrifice that comes with following Christ.
He knew what he wanted. To simply do the will of God.
“I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
What accompanies the desire to follow after God’s will? Resolve.
Dr. King had a resolve to such a degree that he did not shrink back. In full force, he continued to go after the vision God had given him for the world around him. It is because of Dr. King and his walk with God through Jesus Christ – and his obedience to God, that our world is changed. But, we must continue on. As hard as it is to believe, we still fight this battle where we treat others different based on the color of their skin or because they appear to be different from us.
What kind of resolve do you possess? In our lives, we have to resolve like many others who went before us. to stand up against wrongdoing. to follow after God, beginning by turning to His Son Jesus Christ for our salvation.
The Most Important Attribute of Dr. King
I admire Dr. King’s courage, but that isn’t the highlight of his life. His testimony of standing strong for God and centered on the will of God for his life, is the most important attribute. He modeled faith, and what it would mean to go after our Savior Jesus wholly – even when we don’t know the end result.
Furthermore, we can see how Dr. King was a man of God and how that spilt over into his mission here on earth. God planted Dr. King for “such a time as this” (see Esther 4:14) and he lived out the call God placed upon his life.
Truly Dr. King was a man of God, who sought after the will of God with great resolve and courage. We would be well, to remember the example of faith and courage that he has left behind.
The same courage Dr. King had, we also can have. Because of the hope we find in Jesus Christ, as our great Redeemer!
“This is My command: be strong and courageous. Never be afraid or discouraged because I am your God, the Eternal One, and I will remain with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9, VOICE).”