Whenever I think of God’s work in China, the name of Hudson Taylor immediately comes to mind. He broke ground where the Gospel had never been preached before. What was it that made him such an effective tool for God in this vast land and launch a work that is still bearing fruit today? I want to give you a couple quotes that let us look into the inner character of this man.
“Give God time to reveal Himself to you. Give yourself time to be silent and quiet before Him, waiting to receive, through the Spirit, the assurance of His presence with you, His power working in you. Take time to read His Word as in His presence, that from it you may know what He asks of you and what He promises you.”
“It is always helpful to us to fix our attention on the Godward aspect of Christian work; to realize that the work of God does not mean so much as man’s work for God but God’s own work through man.”
During a very difficult time when Hudson’s circumstances were hard and his health failing, he writes: “I felt also that quite a load was now taken off my mind. I had committed myself and my affairs to the Lord, and knew that if it was for my good and for His glory, my things would be restored. If not, all would be for the best.” (“J. Hudson Taylor,” Bethany House Publishers, pages 8, 110).
The challenge we have is whether we are doing the Lord’s work with this kind of contentment? It comes from a prayer life that forms a deep relationship with God in secret.
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