gospel of a calling
In a note from John Wesley to William Wilberforce, Wesley wrote, “unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils.”
Wesley spoke of, in his words, “the scandal of religion, of England, and of human nature.” Human nature referring to slavery, human rights, and the sexual exploitation of young women in England.
The words resound true now as they did 2000 years ago when the Pharisee Gamaliel spoke of Jesus disciples’ when he addressed the Sanhedrin by saying “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. After him, Judas the Galilean appeared and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”
If God has raised you up, it doesn’t mean there won’t be trials along the way. In fact, trials will become greater and greater. Opposition will grow stronger and stronger. But it does mean, if you keep moving, keep persevering, keep doing what is good and right and noble and pure, there is nothing and no one that can stop you.
Men and devils may try. But One who is greater is on your side.