You may have noticed on our social media that we’ve been out and about in London recently. Last week the team went on a Christian Heritage walking tour of London and I was reminded of William Wilberforce’s battle to see an end to slavery.
For those of you who don’t know, William Wilberforce was elected to Parliament at the age of 21 where he began having discussions with his colleagues around slavery. In the subsequent years his faith and desire to serve God in Parliament began to come alive and his new beliefs began to affect his public life. He championed many causes but it was the fight against the Slave Trade that he worked most tirelessly for. In 1789 Wilberforce introduced bills in Parliament to ban the Slave Trade which were met with fierce opposition and it wasn’t until 26th July 1833, 56 years later, that the Abolition of Slavery bill passed its third reading in the House of Commons. On that day, a messenger rushed to Wilberforce’s house to tell him that slavery in the British colonies would finally be abolished. Three days later, Wilberforce died.
I am so encouraged by Wilberforce’s sheer determination and commitment to the fight against slavery. Often we feel like we’re fighting a losing battle when it comes to what we’re passionate about, we become weary and lose our commitment. Can you imagine how Wilberforce must have felt? However, 56 years into the fight to see an end to slavery he saw the harvest.
I would love to encourage you with this verse which came to mind when I was reminded of this story;
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
Don’t give up!
Have a great week girls!