“Before I was a civil rights leader, I was a preacher of the Gospel. This was my first calling and it still remains my greatest commitment. You know, actually all that I do in civil rights I do because I consider it a part of my ministry. I have no other ambitions in life but to achieve excellence in the Christian ministry. I don’t plan to run for any political office. I don’t plan to do anything but remain a preacher. And what I’m doing in this struggle, along with many others, grows out of my feeling that the preacher must be concerned about the whole man.”

—King, 1967

Thoughts to ponder-

  • Are you a Christian as your first calling?
  • Is it your greatest commitment?
  • Are you concerned about the whole person God has placed in front of you?
  •  Do you see the person or their label and or what they can do for you?
  • Do you seek to achieve excellence in your calling to serve Jesus and love others?

Matthew 22:36-39 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Galatians 5:24-25  And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.

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