HUDSON TAYLOR'S SPIRITUAL SECRET

by Dr. & Mrs. Howard Taylor

Moody Press

I would like to share with you, certain excerpts from this book.

First, to give you a little background about the author. Hudson Taylor was the founder of the "China Inland Mission". After many years in the missionary field, he grew despondent over his situation and with the help of a friend, he came to see the truth of his life in Christ. He referred to it as the "Exchanged Life".

"It is defective faith which clogs the feet and causes many a fall. ABIDING, NOT STRIVING NOR STRUGGLING; LOOKING OFF UNTO 'HIM'; TRUSTING 'HIM' FOR PRESENT POWER; - How then to have our faith increased? Not a striving to have faith - but a looking off to the Faithful One seems all we need." (Pg.156)

"How could I preach with sincerity that, to those who receive Jesus, 'to them gave He power to become the sons of God' (I.E. Godlike) when it was not so in my own experience? I hated myself, I hated my sin, yet gained no strength against it. But to rise to my privileges as a child, I was utterly powerless."

"Unbelief was, I felt, THE damning sin of the world; yet I indulged in it. I prayed for faith, but it came not. What was I to do? But how to get faith strengthened? Not by striving after faith, but by resting on the Faithful One. Ah, there is the rest! - I have striven in vain to rest in Him. I'll strive no more. For has not He promised to abide with me - never to leave me, never to fail me?" (Pg.161)

"The sweetest part is the rest which full identification with Christ brings. I am no longer anxious about anything. But I am dead and buried with Christ - ay, and risen too! And now Christ lives in me, and 'the life that I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.' " (Pg.163)

"But are you always conscious of abiding in Christ?" Mr. Taylor was asked many years later.

"While sleeping last night" - he replied - "did I cease to abide in your home because I was unconscious of the fact?"

We should never be conscious of NOT abiding in Christ."

I change, He changes not;

The Christ can never die:

His truth, not mine, the resting place;

His love, not mine, the tie. (Pg.164)

"And I thank Him, and am so glad that He will live in my heart and keep it right for me. I used to try to keep my own heart right, but it would always be going wrong. So at last I had to give up trying myself, and to accept the Lord's offer to keep it for me. Perhaps sometimes you think, 'I will try not to be selfish or unkind - ' And yet, though you really try, you do not succeed. But Jesus says: 'You should trust that to Me. I would keep your heart, if you would trust Me with it.'

Once I used to try to think very much and very often about Jesus, but I often forgot Him. Now I trust Jesus to keep my heart remembering Him, and He does so. This is the best way.

"I have written again to the dear children. I do long for them to learn early - the precious truths which have come to me so late, concerning oneness with and the indwelling of CHRIST." {Pg.178)

I do hope that many of you will have a chance to read this wonderful book.