I’m reading a biography of William Wilberforce entitled Amazing Grace. Wilberforce led the effort to abolish the slave trade in England in the late 1700’s. However, he did not take up this cause until after making a decision to give his life to Christ. The following excerpt describes the changes that took place in Wilberforce’s life.
When Wilberforce returned to the House of Commons in 1786, he was a different man. He had not yet officially discovered the two great causes to which he would give the rest of his life–what he would later call his two “great objects”– but he seems already to have been sauntering in their direction. He had lived so long for his own ambition that to live for God, as he now longed to do, was a foreign and strange proposition and would take time to sort out. Two changes manifested themselves right away: the first was a new attitude toward money, the second toward time. Before “the Great Change,” Wilberforce had reckoned his money and time his own, to do with as he pleased, and had lived accordingly. But suddenly he knew that this could no longer be the case. The Scriptures were plain and could not be gainsaid on this most basic point: all that was his–his wealth, his talents, his time–was not really his. It all belonged to God and had been given to him to use for God’s purposes and according to God’s will. God had blessed him so that he, in turn, might bless others, especially those less fortunate than himself.
A great example to follow.