“When He (Jesus) went ashore He saw a great crowd, and He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And He began to teach them many things” (Mark 6:34).
Even though there were many “inconveniences”, the people in China were made accessible to Hudson Taylor “in city after city, town after town, and villages. It was this that drew Taylor, as it had his Master long ago. The same “MUST” was in his heart. “We must work the works of Him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work” (John 9:4). “He (Jesus) said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose”” (Luke 4:43). It was the “MUST” that propelled Hudson Taylor to go deeper into China and endure hardship. “Nothing held him back, neither winter cold nor summer heat, nor even the peril of war conditions.”
Have you felt the “MUST” of the gospel?
Howard Taylor, Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret, Moody Publishers, 2009, page 61.
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