Invite a FriendRegister2022-03-10 08:30:002022-03-10 12:00:00America/New_YorkHumility 2022 - Lifework Leadership of South Florida: Humility Palm Beach Atlantic UniversityKeynote: Mike Duke[email protected]
What did you learn from William Wilberforce that inspires you in the pursuit of your calling and why?
Wilberforce often sighted Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you. But to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”
What does that mean to you?
What characteristics did Wilberforce possess that allowed him to successfully fight against many of society’s injustices?
Reflecting on William Wilberforce’s life Chuck Colson once wrote, “As we come to understand the depth of our own Christian worldview, it forces us not into a life merely of contemplation, but to one of action. We cannot know God more without being moved to love others more—and to care passionately about justice, mercy, and truth.”
Wilberforce’s worldview was he believed in human equality, human rights and even animal rights. Why does society tend to be accepting of so many injustices by stopping at contemplation and not take action?
Wilberforce’s faith moved him into action. He followed God’s direction yet it cost him so much personally; it cost him his health and vocation. Following God’s direction, God’s call, may very well bring you hardships. Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” [Matthew 16:24-25].
What does “deny yourself, take up the cross and follow” mean to you?
When hardships happen when you have been obedient to God’s call, how do or should you handle that?
Wilberforce persevered year after year. Writing about whether to give up the fight, Wilberforce notes, “a man who fears God is not at liberty” to do so.
Is there a fear you have overcome that now gives you strength? If so, how are you now using it?
In fighting against many injustices Wilberforce had some very close friends that spoke wisdoms and encouragement. To fight against injustices we cannot do it alone. We need God and good friends.
What characteristics should your closest friends have that you seek advice from?
What advice or words of encouragement a friend shared with you that were life altering?