Today we commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today’s post is a collection of pictures and thoughts and songs, that I believe represent the message of Dr. King. Several weeks ago, before Christmas, the Lord brought to me a verse from Micah 6:8. It is a familiar verse:
No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good,
and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God.
Over the last couple months, I have been convicted to live my life in this way. God has been showing me how to be more merciful.
The second item in this collection is a song by Matt Maher, called Sons and Daughters. It includes audio clips from Dr. King. It reminds us that we are all created in the image of God. I’ve used the words before imageo dei. Each person who lives on this earth was created in God’s image. We were all created equal.
By now you might notice a theme. The third item in the collection is another Matt Maher song, called “The Least of These.” This song struck me hard. Christ came for the least of these. Christ became the least of these. Remember Paul’s words in Philippians
Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Christ has called us to care for the least of these. Christ knows what it is to be the least of these, because through his incarnation, he became the least of these.
As I was typing this post, I came up with one more for my collection. First the song story from Mandisa.
And now the song:
Today on the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Let’s remember to do what is right – to love mercy – to walk humbly with our God!