Quotes of Hudson Taylor


The following quotes are drawn from the books, articles and talks of Hudson Taylor, the founder of the China Inland Mission. Comparing Taylor to other great Christians, so far as quotability goes, He is wonderful. You find many blessings in reading from him. The quotes that follow are samples of what you will find from him. I try to pair up quotations with Scriptures as much as I am able.

The Quotes

God Orders Our Circumstances

Philippians 4:11-13 (KJV) 11 "Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

"Our surroundings are—I was going to say immaterial. They are not immaterial, because they are what God has ordered and arranged. God puts every man in the very best place for himself and for the world at the time. Young people whose hearts are stirred about missionary work are apt to say: “Well, you know, I am surrounded by very unfavorable circumstances-surrounded by such a set of college companions; or at home the influences are against me. If I could only go to India or China, I could shine for Jesus.” Why, dear friends, a candle that won't shine in one room is very unlikely to shine in another. If you don't shine at home—if your father and mother, your sister and brother, if the very cat and dog in the house are not the better and happier for your being a Christian, it is a question whether you really are one. It isn't our surroundings and circumstances that are the all-important thing; but how far we are linked—how close is the union between our souls and God. What do we know about Him? What is He to us? This is the all-important question."

For Our Sakes He Became Poor!

2 Corinthians 8:9 (KJV) 9 "For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich."

The Wisdom of God and the Power of God has undertaken our deliverance, and in order to accomplish it seeks no alliance with the wisdom, the wealth, the nobility of earth, but intelligently takes the lowest place as that best adapted for carrying out His purposes of love and grace. ... The poverty and weakness of apostolic missions necessitated reliance on God alone, and issued in wondrous success, and in modern missions it will invariably be found that in proportion to the non-reliance on wealth or education or political power, and in proportion to the self-emptying with which they are carried on, the issues are encouraging. The persecutions of Burmah and Madagascar, and the dangers of labour among the cannibals of the South Sea Islands have proved no barriers to success, but have been the very conditions of blessing. Can those who at home or abroad are ambitious for the highest success as fishers of men find a wiser or safer example than that of Him who called His first disciples to leave all and follow Him, and who Himself 'though He Was Rich, Yet For Our Sakes Became Poor'?"