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Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce (a review)

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Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce is only 76 pages long, but it packs a powerful punch.  It tells the story of a young man, comfortable in his wealthy life of ease.  God has a funny of way of upsetting lives of ease, however, so it becomes the story of a young man on fire for Christ for the rest of his life.

Wilberforce has been one of my heroes for a long time.  I watched the film “Amazing Grace” for the first time a number of years ago and it awakened within me a deep admiration for this man whose greatest passion was Christ’s glory.

William Wilberforce was one of the most influential leaders in his time.  He is probably most well-known for his labors for the abolition of the slave-trade throughout the British Empire.  The amazing thing is that throughout the years of striving towards this goal, he maintained a strong and vibrant faith.  In fact, his faith in God was the impetus behind his endurance.

Here is where my deepest admiration for him is founded.  Wilberforce didn’t give up because his strength was not found in finite things.  His deep faith in Christ convicts me to be diligent in seeking my Savior.  His joy in the Gospel and infectious delight in God’s grace convicts me to be intentional about finding joy in everything because of Christ’s work on the cross.  Wilberforce’s life gives me hope.  He accomplished so much to advance the Kingdom and none of it was because of him.  It was all Christ.

In short, Piper’s short biography has only served to increase my first admiration of this spiritual giant and to encourage me to seek fast after Christ.  It makes me long for the day when the Body of Christ is united, I stand alongside Wilberforce, and we bask together in the glory of our triumphant King.

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