“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:26-29
February is Black History Month! History records that Carter G. Woodson, a respected historian, started “Negro History Week” for one week in February, because it was the week that included both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass’ birthdays. That was in 1926 – now in present-day 2018, we celebrate Black History for the entire month of February. For the entire month, we reflect on the amazing contributions that African-American people have had on our society.
We at New Destiny Christian Center are honored to have received the Rosa Parks Community Service Award on February 18, 2018 for our work in the local community. I’m humbled and blessed to share that our local community relief efforts were also recognized at the District 5 Annual Recognition and Black History Month Celebration! How far we have come, and how much we have accomplished together! We know our faithful pastors, staff and volunteers here at New Destiny Christian Center are touching and changing lives – you are truly making a difference!
Calm-spirited Rosa Parks knew the truth in every fiber of her being. As a child, she was rather small, and suffered from chronic tonsillitis growing up. Her grandmother read the Bible to her every day, and her grandfather would pray before dinner. These were the quiet but mighty beginnings of a woman who would be remembered forever as the mother of the civil rights movement. She knew that as a human being, made in God’s image, she had unconditional human worth that could not merely be defined by the color of her skin. She knew that God looks upon the heart!
She grew up in a world where the truth was being suppressed by laws that denied the truth of God’s Word as it relates to all people. She grew up walking to school, while seeing the school bus go by that she wasn’t permitted to ride. One day after work, many years later, she was quietly riding in the front row of the black section of the bus. The bus began to fill up, so the bus driver came back to tell her and three others to move because white patrons were going to be given their seats. But this time, Rosa Parks could not allow the truth of God to be suppressed by unrighteousness.
What Rosa Parks did next was so different that a chain of events, decreed by Almighty God, because of the prayers and petitions of untold thousands of African-American believers crying out to Him, blew open a movement fueled by prayer, birthed in pain and powered by the Holy Spirit. In one quiet act of obedience to the truth of God’s Word, Rosa Parks unleashed a movement of God in American society that changed everything!
Have you ever taken time to reflect just how far you have come? This month, whether corporately as a body of people or individually, reflecting on your journey illuminates God’s work in your country, your home, your family and your life. We celebrate the accomplishments of amazing African-American people in our community and we know God is not finished yet! Child of God, where you have been does not determine where you are going. Decide to do something so different, that your tomorrow must respond!
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