The Love of Christ

This was the “Thought of the Day” this morning that my father sent out to his church and friends.

This morning Iris and I drove our Costa Rica Missions Team to the airport. It was an exciting event as they picked up their suitcases and headed for the terminal. The church has prayed for them. We have encouraged them. And today we sent them. Hudson Taylor, the great missionary to China, provided a great reason to go into the mission field.

When Hudson Taylor was director of the China Inland Mission, he often interviewed candidates for the mission field. On one occasion, he met with a group of applicants to determine their motivations for service. “And why do you wish to go as a foreign missionary?” he asked one. “I want to go because Christ has commanded us to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature,” was the reply. Another said, “I want to go because millions are perishing without Christ.” Others gave different answers. Then Hudson Taylor said, “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”.

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