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I just finished reading “Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret” for the second or third time. It is the story of a man who lived over a century ago and tells of how one unselfish believer set out to take the gospel to multiplied millions in China who were without the good news of Jesus. The following is an excerpt from the closing page. These words were written by Hudson Taylor’s son after his father’s death stating what was at the core of the man behind Inland China Mission.

“The hardest part of a missionary career, Mr. Taylor found, is to maintain regular, prayerful Bible study. ‘Satan will always find you something to do,’ he would say, ‘when you ought to be occupied about that, if it is only arranging a window blind.’ Fully would he have endorsed the weighty words:

‘Take time. 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. Let the Word create around you, create within you a holy atmosphere, a holy heavenly light, in which your soul will be refreshed and strengthened for the work of daily life.’

It was just because he did this that Hudson Taylor’s life was full of joy and power, by the grace of God. When over seventy years of age he paused, Bible in hand, as he crossed the sitting room in Lausanne and said to one of his children: ‘I have just finished reading the Bible through, today, for the fortieth time in forty years.’ And he not only read it, he lived it.

Hudson Taylor stopped at no sacrifice in following Christ. ‘Cross-loving men are needed,’ he wrote in the midst of his labours in China, and if he could speak to us today would it not be to call us to that highest of all ambitions: ‘that I may know him (the One we, too supremely love), and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings.’ Can we not hear again the tones of his quiet voice as he says:

There is a needs-be for us to give ourselves for the life of the world. An easy, non-self-denying life will never be one of power. Fruit-bearing involves cross-bearing. There are not two Christs – an easy-going one for easy-going Christians, and a suffering, toiling one for exceptional believers. There is only one Christ. Are you willing to abide in Him, and thus to bear much fruit?”

Taylor was born in 1832 and died in 1905. In the years of his work in China the number of missionaries went from himself to 750. By 1932 they numbered 1,285. The converts numbered 12,000 during his life and from 1900, when he gave up the leadership role of the mission, to 1932 they numbered 100,000. The mission received over $4,000,000 in his lifetime and from 1900 to 1932, over 20,000,000 have been received without ever asking for money except for asking God. He abundantly supplied their every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

On page 67 a Chinese convert asked him a question that set his soul on fire even more than during his years already spent in China. He was asked, “How long have you had the Glad Tidings in your country?” “Some hundreds of years,” was the reluctant reply. “My father sought the Truth,” he continued sadly, “and died without finding it. Oh why did you not come sooner?”

This is a question that is still being asked by people in countries all over the earth. Billions still sit in darkness when Americans have had the Glad Tidings for hundreds of years.

My challenge is for each of you to get an old copy of “Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret” by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor and read it slowly and carefully. It is a book that will change your life … guaranteed! Pastor Ike

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