Today we celebrate the legacy of a man who died for the cause he lived for. Today we celebrate the legacy of man who waged war with peace and softened hearts by love. Today we celebrate the legacy of a man who understood the power of protest. Today the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lives in our advances for freedom and the fulfilments of our dreams. Today the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reminds us that whether black, white or the shades in between, we are to love God and each other. And that “[l]ife’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are [we] doing for others?'” (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.).
We also recall the legacy of a man who sought for the promulgation of truth. We recall the legacy of a man who would rather die than coalesce to the religious powers of his day. We recall the legacy of a man who so touched the heart of Michael King Sr’s heart, that he decided to change his name and his son’s name to Martin Luther King Sr and Jr respectively. Today, the legacy of Martin Luther the Protestant reformer reminds us that whether clergy, layperson or churchgoer we are to live by thus saith the Lord. And that “[w]e are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone” (Martin Luther).
So, what is our legacy? What is the inspiration we are leaving to catalyze positive change?
We do not know when life will leave us. Think about the children who lost their lives in the Bronx fire. Think of the mothers, fathers, sisters, loved ones. Their time to leave a legacy was seemingly cut short.
What are we choosing to do with the time the Father has given us? May we realize our purpose and with love for God, “[determine] to use every particle of [our] intelligence in His work” (Ellen White, Our High Calling, 19.6).
-Thank You Jesus