Jan. 19 – Servant Leadership

Servant Leaders frequently bring controversy with them for change enthuses some people and riles others.

Isaiah says that the Servant of the LORD will be deeply despised and abhorred by the nations.

Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations, the slave of rulers, “Kings shall see and stand up, princes, and they shall prostrate themselves, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”

Isaiah 49:7
Image of Martin Luther King statute taken by DWilliams retreived from Pixabay.

While Christians associate these Servant Songs with Christ Jesus, might we also associate God’s call to raise up and restore with other people who have advocated feeding those who are hungry, clothing those who are naked, and welcoming strangers (c.f. Matthew 25:31-46)? For they to risk much to advance the Kingdom of Heaven. This weekend we honor the servant leadership of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; a man who was very controversial in his time as he risked even his own life to be a light to the nations.

How will you advance mission, ministry, and worship?

I will have more to say about Isaiah 49:1-7 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 8:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 19th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor

What do your children know about racism? Can you tell them about an incident in your life?

This weekend we will observe the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who cast a vision of what this nation could be when we fully shed the legal and cultural structures that favor one race over others. While many of those laws have been repealed, work remains to fully establish racial harmony.

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

Martin Luther King Jr.
August 28, 1963, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial