3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. (Ephesians 1:3-10. ESV.)
One of my favorite movies, "Amazing Grace", is about William Wilberforce and his efforts to abolish slavery. Seeming torn between being a pastor or politician, Wilberforce (in the film) was encouraged to do both but remain in parliament. Such an extraordinary man of God shines brightly while I, a writer (among a multitude) with a heart for God dims drastically...barley visible to the naked eye.
I am once again drawn to the book by Pastor John Piper entitled, AMAZING GRACE IN THE LIFE OF WILLIAM WILBERFORCE to find out more about this favored man of God.
"If we would...rejoice in [Christ] as triumphantly as the first Christians did; we must learn, like them to repose our entire trust in him and to adopt the language of the apostle, "God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of Jesus Christ... Who of God is made unto us wisdom and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption."
I can imagine (and empathize with) the struggle Wilberforce faced as he was constantly met with harsh adversity while trying to do the right thing (that is pleasing to God)...the righteous anger that welled up inside of him...the moments of feeling defeat and hopelessness. But all was NOT for nothing. God provided the way in His perfect timing and Wilberforce won his battle regarding slavery. It was a long, unyielding season but look at what it was worth!
Lord, please help me to see clearly that which you place upon my heart (as You direct my steps) and to always feel strength in Christ to remain faithful. You only call me to have faith and promise to take care of the rest. Thank you, Lord, for all you do for your glory and my good.