The Autobiography of Hudson Taylor (1832-1905)

It’s a long quote but a good one. What could inspire a man do face such challenges as Hudson Taylor did and remain faithful to the mission? What could motivate us to follow in his footsteps?

Not many months after my conversion, having a leisure afternoon, I retired to my own chamber to spend it largely in communion with GOD. Well do I remember that occasion. How in the gladness of my heart I poured out my soul before GOD; and again and again confessing my grateful love to Him who had done everything for me–who had saved me when I had given up all hope and even desire for salvation–I besought Him to give me some work to do for Him, as an outlet for love and gratitude; some self-denying service, no matter what it might be, however trying or however trivial; something with which He would be pleased, and that I might do for Him who had done so much for me. Well do I remember, as in unreserved consecration I put myself, my life, my friends, my all, upon the altar, the deep solemnity that came over my soul with the assurance that my offering was accepted. The presence of GOD became unutterably real and blessed; and though but a child under sixteen, I remember stretching myself on the ground, and lying there silent before Him with unspeakable awe and unspeakable joy.

Hudson Taylor

Only by the love and power of God.

If you’re thinking about taking the One Year Challenge, take the time to read about a man who did a 52+ year challenge to China. Hudson Taylor laid a legacy for Christianity in China, despite countless afflictions and obstacles. Disciples are made in cities with churches, with believers who are walking by faith and reaching out as ambassadors for Christ. Taylor’s life can give any disciple an inspiring example of giving all for Christ.