Saturday, December 29, 2007

Don't Give Up

We re-watched Amazing Grace tonight. I've previously posted on this movie ( - see a preview at but the overarching principle remains worth repeating: Don't give up.

Ronald Reagan was fond of saying that it doesn't really matter whether God is on our side - what matters is that we are on His. In seeking to further His kingdom, you are undoubtedly on His side! We see "through a glass darkly", the Apostle Paul wrote -- but He is the divine painter, creating a masterpiece with beautiful colors.

It's easy to feel like we aren't making any kind of an impact ... and then on the heels of discouragement comes despair. It's at that point that the message of William Wilberforce is so valid: Don't give up! You might not realize the significance of your role in God's big picture - but rest assured that when you submit to Him, He works it out for His glorious purposes.

He is the God of endurance and encouragement. Let the story of William Wilberforce remind you tonight of the hope that comes with never giving up. Your kingdom work is not yours, but His. He'll see that it gets accomplished!

Rom. 15:4-6 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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