By John Piper
Opposed to nice stumbling blocks William Wilberforce, an evangelical Christian and a member of Parliament, fought for the abolition of the African slave alternate and opposed to slavery itself until eventually they have been either unlawful within the British Empire. Many are conscious of Wilberforce's function in bringing an finish to slavery in nice Britain, yet few have taken the time to check the ideals and motivations that spurred him on for many years. during this concise quantity, John Piper tells the tale of the way Wilberforce was once remodeled from an unbelieving, younger flesh presser right into a substantially God-centered Christian, and the way his deep spirituality helped to alter the ethical outlook of a state. As global leaders debate over how you can take care of a number of social justice and humanitarian crises, a more in-depth examine Wilberforce's existence and religion serves as an encouragement and instance to all believers. & nbsp;Read more... Enduring for the reason -- His adolescence -- 'God has set earlier than me nice items' -- a large number of Christlike motives -- awesome patience -- The deeper root of childlike pleasure -- the big truths of the gospel
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Qxd 60 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 60 Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce Interested in All and Interesting to All There was in this childlike love of children and joyful freedom from care a deeply healthy self-forgetfulness. ”11 The effect of this self-forgetting joy was another mark of mental and spiritual health, namely, a joyful ability to see all the good in the world instead of being consumed by one’s own problems (even when those problems were huge). Wilberforce’s friend Sir James Mackintosh spoke of that remarkable trait of healthy, adult childlikeness, namely, the freedom from self-absorption that is interested in the simplest and most ordinary things: If I were called upon to describe Wilberforce in one word, I should say that he was the most “amusable” man I ever met in my life.
His presence was as fatal to dullness as to immorality. ”13 Here is a great key to his perseverance and effectiveness. His presence was “fatal to dullness . . ” In other words, his indomitable joy moved others to be happy and good. ”14 In other words, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). He sustained himself and swayed others by his joy. If a man can rob you of your joy, he can rob you of your usefulness. Wilberforce’s joy was indomitable and therefore he was a compelling Christian and politician all his life.
Little do they know of the true measure of enjoyment, who can compare these delightful complacencies with the frivolous pleasures of dissipation, or the coarse gratifications of sensuality. . The nominal Christian . . ”28 That is what he calls true self-denial—“trifling sacrifices”— just as the apostle Paul called all his earthly treasures “rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” (Phil. 3:8). , 122. , 103. , 237. qxd 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 67 The Deeper Root of Childlike Joy 67 persevering in political justice that Wilberforce fought for it with relentless vigilance.
Amazing grace in the life of William Wilberforce by John Piper