Hudson Taylor (born 1832), missionary to China (1854 to 1905), faced trials much like Paul. Over time, he arrived at a deep sense of rest in Christ no matter what the circumstances were. George Mueller and Hudson Taylor exchanged many letters and Taylor drew great comfort and courage from Mueller who lived and ministered to orphans by simply trusting in God.
It is said of Hudson that “To diminish one’s comforts seemed to him of small account, but “to diminish our work”- well, thank God, that was something he never had to do! In a letter, Mueller wrote: “My dear Brother, the work of the Lord in China is more and more laid on my heart, and hence I have been longing and praying to be able to assist it more and more with means, as well as with prayer.” (1)
We are growing in our rest in the Lord regarding His work. Often the challenges we face are difficult and require great wisdom and grace from the Lord. But, we also need those who will encourage us, especially through prayer. God is opening “a wide door for effective work…and there are many adversaries” (1 Corinthians 16:9). By the grace of God, we refuse to let money either be a primary concern or the focus of those we work with. Paul didn’t and neither can we!
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(1) Howard Taylor, Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret, Moody Publishers, 2009, page 151.
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