Daily Inspiration

August 9, 2016
one person

Just One Person
Makes A Difference

“But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.”

~ Luke 6:27

As a Christian, what does it mean for you to be the servant of Jesus Christ? If you are assisting Him now, how are you speaking up for Him; and how are you glorifying Him? Are you serving Him with ease and through His strength and wisdom? Or are you aiding Him through your own human strength?

An example of one person being anointed and called by God to serve was James Hudson Taylor, a/k/a Hudson Taylor. Taylor was a British Protestant Christian missionary to China beginning in 1854. He was a founder of the China Inland Mission (CIM). According to Wikipedia, he “spent 51 years in China...and the society that he began was responsible for bringing over 800 missionaries to the country who began 125 schools and directly resulted in 18,000 Christian conversions”.

After Taylor's death the CIM “gained notable distinction of being the largest Protestant mission agency in the world”. The biographies of Hudson Taylor “inspired generations of Christians to follow his example of service and sacrifice” such as Amy Carmichael, Jim Elliot, and evangelist Billy Graham.

Mr. Taylor wore Chinese clothing and required the missionaries to do so because he “...was convinced that the Gospel would only take root on Chinese soil if missionaries were willing to affirm the culture of the people they were seeking to reach”.

Henry G. Bosch, Editor and Co-Author of “Our Daily Bread” wrote a story about Hudson Taylor. The story went rather like this: Taylor, dressed in Chinese costume, was waiting for a boatman to take him across a river. As he stood on the dock a richly dressed Chinese man came and also awaited transportation. The man, not seeing that Taylor was a foreigner, struck him on the head and knocked him over into the mud. Taylor said his first impulse was to “smite” the man, but God immediately stopped him. The man looked more closely at Taylor and realized he was a foreigner and said: “What, you a foreigner and you would not strike me back when I struck you like that?” Taylor replied: “Friend, this boat is mine. Come in and I will take you where you want to go.” On the way, Hudson Taylor spoke to the attacker about the wondrous message of salvation. As Taylor left, tears of repentance and joy were running down the face of his former attacker. This is an example of one person making a difference by listening to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and it began a Christ-centered turnaround in a man's life.

I am not suggesting that everyone stop their life to become missionaries, however, I am suggesting that as God's people we can become His missionaries in our daily walk of life. As Christians, listen for the prompting of the Holy Spirit to speak up for Jesus, and be ever mindful when serving the Lord do it with gladness and you will make a difference.

Lord God, thank You for giving to us the Holy Spirit to dwell within us. Amen.

~ Ann Brock Ludington

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