Monday, January 15, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 January 15

“For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality” (2 Corinthians 8:12-14).

Today’s Morsel:  Today in America and around the world we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Dr. King has been labored as a champion for Civil Rights for all.  In his famous "I have a dream speech," he cried from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, "One day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed...that all men are created equal."  Dr. King was speaking to a crowd of 250,000 black and white Americans that shared his dream of equality.  As a Baptist minister, he knew the scripture stated that God created everyone equally and that man did not have the right to change it.  I believe that he knew that if he could get those who say that they are Christians and those who knew what the constitution of America stated to listen, then there would be a change with equality within the land for all people, regardless of race, creed, or origin.   In writing to the church at Corinth, the Apostle Paul wanted them to understand equality.  He told them that at the present you can provide more because you are blessed while other churches are not.  Yet he wanted them to know that that could change and they could become dependent on others.  The same is true with how we treat people.  James tells us, “If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors” (James 2:8-9).  We never know when the shoe might be on the other foot.  Jesus said that we should always do unto others as we would have them do unto us.  

Sing: You’re my brother you’re my sister, so take me by the hand, together we will work until He comes; There’s no foe that can defeat us, when we are walking side by side, as long as there is love, we can stand.

Thought For Today:  Do unto others as you would have them do unto you (Jesus Christ).

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