Day Three: …called by my name…

2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV –  if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

1 Timothy 6:12 NIV Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

In his book, Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce, John Piper says this of William Wilberforce:

“He was not a political pragmatist. He was a radically God-centered Christian who was a politician.”

“There was in Wilberforce, as in all the most passionate saints, a holy dread of losing his ‘reformed taste’ for spiritual reality. This dread gave rise to ‘earnest prayers . . . resolute self-denial’ and rigorous abstinence from anything that would rob him of the greater joys.”

Wilberforce’s life was not given over for a “cause” but was given over to the Lord. What fueled his heart was his faith in Jesus Christ and he found strength and joy in the Lord to endure 20 years of defeats before the abolition of the slave trade and another 26 years before the abolition of slavery. His life was oriented in faithfulness to how he was called for the Lord Jesus to “fight the good fight.”

Prayer: “Father, may I be faithful to you today in all the ways that you have called. Fill me with your joy and strength to ‘fight the good fight.’ In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Let’s worship to “Surrender All” by Jesus Culture (click here).

– EK