“He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell.” – Colossians 1:17, 19
For fifteen long years Hudson Taylor served as a missionary to the Chinese people. At first he was enthusiastic and filled with faith. Then Hudson Taylor found it increasingly difficult to carry his responsibilities.
Sometimes God seemed far away. Taylor was buffeted by temptation and by the burdens of his work.
Then one day a friend wrote an important letter to Hudson Taylor. He had just gone through a similar experience of personal discouragement. But now he had stopped struggling and striving. Now he trusted all to Jesus; he let Christ do all through him.
These are his words:
“Abiding, not striving or struggling; looking off unto Him; trusting Him to subdue all inward corruption; resting in the love of an almighty Savior, in the conscious joy of a complete salvation, a salvation from all sin; willing that His will should truly be supreme – Christ seems to me now the power, the only power for service – the only ground for unchanging joy. May He lead us into the realization of His unfathomable fullness.”
So that was Hudson Taylor’s next step. Taylor said about this new insight, “As I stood, I saw it all. I looked to Jesus, and when I saw, oh, how joy overflowed!”
Hudson Taylor went on from this realization to trust all to Jesus. He found that perfect sense of abiding – abiding I Christ all the time, all the way. He knew Christ as the Vine.
He declared, “The Vine, now I see, is not the root merely, but all – root, stem, branches, twigs, leaves, flowers, fruit, and Jesus is not only that, He is soil and sunshine, air and showers, and ten thousand times more than we have ever dreamed, wished for, or needed.”
Hudson Taylor went on from this transforming experience to preach the Gospel to the Chinese people as he had never done before.
Christ is our life! He is to be our everything! We are not Christians in name only, but in Him only!