Why Do We Ask If We Should Obey | Hudson Taylor

All these questions so puzzling to us,” writes Mr. Taylor, “we simply met by asking one another: ‘When the Lord Jesus gives a definite command, is it for us to reason whether it be possible to obey?’

The terms of His great Commission are explicit: He would have the Gospel preached in all the world, to every creature; and He answers all objections, and meets every possible difficulty from the very outset, by once and for ever assuring us that fulness of power is His, both in heaven and on earth, and that He who is true, and can neither fail nor forget, is with us always, even to the end of the world.

The dangers and difficulties in our way we knew to be neither few nor small; but with Jesus as our Leader we could not fear to follow on. We expected that all the trials we must meet, while leading to a deeper realisation of our own weakness, poverty, and need, would also constrain us to lean more constantly, to draw more deeply, and to rest more implicitly on the strength, riches, and fulness of Christ.

We knew that our experience would be, in the world, tribulation; but in Him, peace—perfect peace. And we were assured that if times of trial and danger were to be most conducive to the glory of God, the good of those engaged in the work, and the truest interests of His cause, that at such times either His delivering power would be most conspicuously displayed, or His sustaining grace would prove sufficient for the weakest of His servants in the fight.

M. Geraldine Guinness, The Story of the China Inland Mission

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Austin Gardner is pastor of Vision Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA. Previously he was church planting missionary in Peru for 20 years.

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