The other day, I was reading about William Wilberforce, the great British politician who went against the social norms of his day to ﬁght against the slave trade and other oppressive atrocities such as child labor. Eric Metaxas, in his book, 7 Men, writes concerning Wilberforce:
How God used [him] to change the world is almost unbelievable. One man who gave his talents and time and energies to God’s purposes was able to do so much. But we who admire him shouldn’t compare ourselves to him directly. We should rather ask ourselves: Am I using what God has given me for his purposes? Do I have a relationship with him so that I know he is leading me? Am I obeying him in all areas of my life—or trying to do so—so that I can know I am in a real relationship with him? It was in honestly asking and answering these few questions that lay at the heart of the greatness of the great William Wilberforce.
In a time when everyone will be focused on so many resolutions. When Christians will start again at Genesis 1, trying to ﬁnally read through the Bible in a year as they have been promising themselves they would do for the past 10 years. When workout facilities will be ﬁlled with fresh faces, eager to ﬁnally get in shape. When people will be comparing themselves with each other. This year, 2019, what if we break through all the noise and ask ourselves these questions:
1) Am I using what God has given me for His purposes?
2) Do I have a relationship with Him so that I know He is leading me?
3) Am I obeying Him in all areas of my life—or trying to do so—so that I can know I am in a real relationship with Him?
Thank you for standing with us in 2018 and I pray for your continued support as we impact the nations with the Good News! We look forward to 2019 with great excitement for what God will do in and through all of you.
Blessings from the WMA Team. ~ Chad