Live and Die For Christ 

As was said previously, yesterday was Martin Luther King Day. He was one of my heroes. He practised the ministry of non-violence during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s. He went to jail again and again, simply because he believed the message of Jesus’ love. King believed that standing up and suffering for justice would improve America and the world as a whole. And he was right. 

Martin preached some of his best sermons from a jail cell. In this way, he kept company with the apostle Paul. For Paul, too, was known to deliver some hard-hitting messages from prison. 

Scripture says, that during his two years under house arrest, Paul showed hospitality regardless of his situation or of who came to see him. Paul did not embrace despair. He was not interested in being cast as a victim. He resisted bitterness about his plight. 

Today, I believe that Martin Luther King and Paul held close to the words of Isaiah 40:31, “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They … will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint”. In God’s strength, they preached, lived, prayed, and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ the only way they knew how, “boldly and without hindrance”. The last words written about Paul in Acts, are full of zest and energy. In Christ, we fill our lives with courage and purpose. I want to live that kind of life now, how about you? 

‘Boldly … he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.’ (Acts 28:31). 

Let’s Pray

Yahweh, give me the boldness and courage to live my life like Dr. King and Paul, for Jesus. Both in times of constraint and freedom, being willing to die for Him if necessary. In the name of my precious Saviour I pray, Amen.

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