[hackspace] A glimpse into the life of Hudson Taylor



Concerning one’s relationship with the Lord:

“Prayer was the atmosphere of William Burns’s life and the Word of God was his daily food.” Page 74

“His [William Burns] whole life was literally a life of prayer, and his whole ministry a series of battles fought at the mercy-seat.” Page 74

Concerning trials:

“‘It doesn’t matter, really, how great the pressure is,” he used to say; ‘it only matters where the pressure lies. See that it never comes between you and the Lord – then, the greater the pressure, the more it presses you to His breast.’” Page 152

Concerning faith:

“‘But how to get faith strengthened? Not by striving after faith, but by resting on the Faithful One.’” Page 161

Concerning the complete and overflowing sufficiency of Christ:

“What, can Jesus meet my need?  Yes, and more than meet it. No matter how intricate my path, how difficult my service; no matter how sad my bereavement, how far away my loved ones; no matter how helpless I am, how deep are my soul-yearnings – Jesus can meet all, all, and more than meet. He not only promises me rest – ah, how welcome that would be, were it all, and what an all that one word embraces! He not only promises me drink to alleviate my thirst. No, better than that! ‘He who trusts me in this matter, who believeth on Me, takes Me at My word) out of him shall flow…” / Can it be? Can the dry and thirsty one not only be refreshed – the parched soil moistened, the arid places cooled – but the land be so saturated that springs well up and streams flow down from it? Even so! And not mere mountain-torrents, full while the rain lasts, then dry again… but ‘from within him shall flow rivers’ – rivers like the mighty Yangtze, ever full. In times of drought brooks may fail, often do, canals may be pumped dry, often are, but the Yangtze never. Always a mighty stream, always flowing deep and irresistible! Page 172-173

Concerning the life of one who abides in the Vine:

“He was an object lesson in quietness. He drew from the bank of heaven every farthing of his daily income – ‘My peace I give unto you.’ Whatever did not agitate the Saviour or ruffle His spirit, was not to agitate him. The serenity of the Lord Jesus concerning any matter, and at its most critical moment, was his ideal and practical possession. He knew nothing of rush or hurry, or quivering nerves or vexation of spirit. He knew that there is a peace passing all understanding, and that he could not do without it…” Page 226

Concerning obedience to the Master and thus our cry to the Lord:

“Send Thou, O Lord, to every place

Swift messengers before Thy face,

The heralds of Thy wondrous grace,

Where Thou, Thyself, wilt come.

Send men whose eyes have seen the King,

Men in whose ears His sweet words ring,

Send such Thy lost ones home to bring;

Send them where Thou wilt come –

To bring good news to souls in sin,

The bruised and broken hearts to win,

In every place to bring them in,

Where Thou, Thyself, wilt come.

Gird each one with the Spirit’s sword,

The sword of Thine own deathless Word,

And make them conquerors, conquering Lord,

Where Thou, Thyself, wilt come.

Raise up, O Lord the Holy Ghost,

From this broad land a mighty hose,

Their war cry – We will seek the lost,

Where Thou, O Christ, wilt come!”

page 251

From Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret, by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor


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