The Love of Christ Constrains Me: Hudson Taylor

Clint Morgan

Ever heard of Hudson Taylor? He was a great pioneer missionary to China in the 1800s and an example for many who followed in his steps. He established and directed the China Inland Mission, an agency responsible for hundreds of missionaries going into China. 

As director of CIM, Hudson Taylor personally interviewed many of the missionary candidates. He was known for being a straightforward man with little tolerance for ambiguity or lack of total dedication.

Often, when interviewing a young recruit the conversation would go like this:

            "Why do you wish to go as a foreign missionary?" Hudson asked.

            "Because Christ commanded us, and because millions are   perishing without Christ," one answered.

Through the years, many different replies were given to this most important question.

Hudson Taylor’s thought-provoking exhortation was: "All of these motives, however good, will fail you in times of testings, trials, tribulations, and possible death. There is but one motive that will sustain you in trial and testing: namely, the love of Christ."

Taylor’s lifetime of dedicated ministry clearly demonstrated his commitment was solidly built on the love of Christ. The love of Christ for him, and for the whole world, kept Hudson Taylor going day after day and year after year until his death.

More than a hundred years later, this is still true. The love of Christ must be a driving force behind our efforts to reach the unreached.

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2 Corinthians 5:14-21

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