Neither Wilberforce nor Luther could have stood against the evils and injustice of their times if they hadn’t first learned to stand against the evil in their own hearts and in the hearts of those around them. We are no different.
“Jesus said, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it’ (Mark 8:34-35)
“Ultimately God is the One who gives us the strength to stand in any situation. But we must also realize that much of that grace and strength is made available through the numerous opportunities He gives us on a daily basis to practice trusting Him enough to actually obey Him – even when it costs us something. Standing up for God in big, sometimes public, sometimes dangerous situations is made possible in part because we have stood up for God countless times before. Every time we do the right thing in God’s name, we flex and build our muscles.
“If we can’t trust God with our popularity now, during high school, how will we ever trust Him with our lives on the mission field? If we can’t stand for Him now in the classroom, how will we stand for Him in the courtroom, when it really matters?
~ Do Hard Things, by Alex and Brett Harris