Living Not For Our Interests
20 February 2019
Luke 6:22-23 'Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets.'
One of the most powerful speeches Martin Luther King Jr. ever made is one that is not often heard outside the United States. He said: 'I don't know what will happen to me now,. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter to me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop. I won't mind. Like anybody else, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over and 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. We I'm happy tonight… I'm not fearing any man. "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord."' That speech was given in a church in Memphis. The next day, King paid the highest price possible for his ideals – he lost his life. Living for the interests of God's kingdom first allows you to do things you never thought you could do. You can take a stand where others refuse to do so -- and even when others will actively oppose you -- because your faith is not in the opinions of men, but in the eternal values and power of God's kingdom.
Prayer: 'Help me Lord not to be sidetracked from your will for my life. Help me to stay the course, with my eyes on a higher goal – seeing your kingdom come!'
© Mal Fletcher 2003-2004