80 Quotes by Hudson Taylor

Hudson Taylor, a dedicated clergyman and missionary, left an enduring legacy as a pioneer of cross-cultural evangelism and social outreach. Taylor's deep empathy for the people of China led him to adopt their customs and language, setting a precedent for respectful engagement in missionary work. His founding of the China Inland Mission (now Overseas Missionary Fellowship) reflected his commitment to reaching inland China, often neglected by other missions. Taylor's life demonstrated the power of embodying the message one seeks to share, fostering connections through genuine care and service. His legacy remains a testament to the transformative potential of understanding and embracing different cultures, making him a source of inspiration for modern intercultural dialogue and humanitarian efforts.

Hudson Taylor Quotes

God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supplies. (Meaning)

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The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed. (Quote Meaning)

Do not work so hard for Christ that you have no strength to pray, for prayer requires strength. (Meaning)

All God's giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they believed God was with them. (Quote Meaning)

There are three indispensable requirements for a missionary: 1. Patience 2. Patience 3. Patience. (Meaning)

I used to ask God to help me. Then I asked if I might help Him. I ended up by asking God to do His work through me. (Quote Meaning)

It is not so much the greatness of our troubles, as the littleness of our spirit, which makes us complain. (Meaning)

Let us in everything not sinful become like the Chinese, that by all means we may save some. (Quote Meaning)

God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supply. (Meaning)

Christ is either Lord of all, or He is not Lord at all (Quote Meaning)

God is not looking for men of great faith, He is looking for common men to trust His great faithfulness.

The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.

Do not have your concert first, and then tune your instrument afterwards. Begin the day with the Word of God and prayer, and get first of all into harmony with Him.

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I am no longer anxious about anything, as I realize that He is able to carry out His will for me. It does not matter where He places me, or how. That is for Him to consider, not me, for in the easiest positions He will give me grace, and in the most difficult ones His grace is sufficient.

The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity...if we want to see mighty wonders of divine power and grace wrought in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let us answer God's standing challenge, "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not."

Carrying the cross does mean following in Jesus' footsteps. And in His footsteps are rejection, brokenheartedness, persecution and death. There are not two Christs - an easy going one for easy going Christians, and a suffering one for exceptional believers. There is only one Christ. Are we willing to follow His lead?

There are three great truths, 1st, That there is a God; 2nd, That He has spoken to us in the Bible; 3rd, That He means what He says.

When I cannot read, when I cannot think, when I cannot even pray, I can trust.

God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supply.

Dream a dream so big that unless God intervenes it will fail.

I used to ask God to help me. Then I asked if I might help Him to do His work through me.

There are three stages in the work of God: impossible, difficult,done.

The real secret of an unsatisfied life lies too often in an unsurrendered will.

Let us give up our work, our thoughts, our plans, ourselves, our lives, our loved ones, our influence, our all, right into His hand, and then, when we have given all over to Him, there will be nothing left for us to trouble about, or to make trouble about.

All God's giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reackoned on God being with them.

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The branch of the vine does not worry, and toil, and rush here to seek for sunshine, and there to find rain. No; it rests in union and communion with the vine...Let us so abide in the Lord Jesus.

Let us never forget that what we are is more important than what we do.

Depend on it. God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supply. He is too wise a God to frustrate His purposes for lack of funds, and He can just as easily supply them ahead of time as afterwards, and He much prefers doing so.

All our difficulties are only platforms for the manifestations of His grace, power and love.

It does not matter how great the pressure is. What really matters is where the pressure lies -- whether it comes between you and God, or whether it presses you nearer His heart.

Unless there is an element of risk in our exploits for God, there is no need for faith.

Abiding in Jesus isn't fixing our attention on Christ, but it is being one with Him... A man is abiding just as much when he is sleeping for Jesus, as when he is awake and working for Jesus. Oh, it is a very sweet thing to have one's mind just resting there.

When we work, we work. When we pray, God works.

It is not lost time to wait upon God!

Not infrequently our GOD brings His people into difficulties on purpose that they may come to know Him as they could not otherwise do.

We have heard of many people who trusted God too little, but have you ever heard of anyone who trusted Him too much?

Truly Jesus is the great need of our souls.

The harvest here is indeed great, and the laborers are few and imperfectly fitted, without much grace, for such a work. And yet grace can make a few feeble instruments the means of accomplishing great things - things greater even than we can conceive.

Learn to move man, through God, by prayer alone

Many Christians estimate difficulties in the light of their own resources, and thus attempt little and often fail in the little they attempt. All God's giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on His power and presence with them.

The Lord IS my shepherd. Not was, not may be, nor will be. . . is my shepherd on Sunday, is on Monday, and is through every day of the week; is in January, is in December, and every month of the year, is at home, and is in China; is in peace, and is in war; in abundance, and in penury.

Christ is either Lord of all, or He is not Lord at all

Too often we attempt to work for God to the limit of our incompetency, rather than to the limit of God's omnipotency.

Jesus is our strength, and what we cannot do or bear, He can both do and bear in us.

God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him.

The hardest part of a missionary career is to maintain regular, prayerful Bible study. Satan will always find you something to do, when you ought to be occupied about that - if it is only arranging a window blind!

It is no small comfort to me to know that God has called me to my work, putting me where I am and as I am. I have not sought the position, and I dare not leave it. He knows why He places me here-whether to do, or learn, or suffer.

We are not only to renounce evil, but to manifest the truth. We tell people the world is vain; let our lives manifest that it is so. We tell them that our home is above and that all these things are transitory. Does our dwelling look like it? O to live consistent lives!

Let us see that we keep God before our eyes; that we walk in His ways and seek to please and glorify Him in everything, great and small. Depend upon it, God's work, done in God's way, will never lack God's supplies.

As our Father makes many a flower to bloom unseen in the lonely desert, [let us] do all that we can do, as under God's eye, though no other eye ever take note of it.

You do not need a great faith, but faith in a great God.

There are three indispensable requirements for a missionary: 1. Patience 2. Patience 3. Patience.

God wants you to have something far better than riches and gold, and that is helpless dependence upon Him.

Wave after wave of trial rolled over us; but at the end of the year some of us were constrained to confess, that we had learned more of the loving-kindness of the Lord than in any previous year of our lives.

All God's giants have been weak men and women who have gotten hold of God's faithfulness.

If the Lord is coming soon, is this not a very practical motive for greater missionary effort? I know of no other motive that has been so stimulating to myself.

I often think that God must have been looking for someone small enough and weak enough for Him to use, and that He found me.

Are you in a hurry, flurried, distressed? Look up! See the Man in the Glory! Let the face of Jesus shine upon you—the face of the Lord Jesus Christ. Is He worried, troubled, distressed? There is no wrinkle on His brow, no least shade of anxiety. Yet the affairs are His as much as yours.

It is not so much the greatness of our troubles, as the littleness of our spirit, which makes us complain.

Perhaps if there were more of that intense distress for souls that leads to tears, we should more frequently see the results we desire. Sometimes it may be that while we are complaining of the hardness of the hearts of those we are seeking to benefit, the hardness of our own hearts and our feeble apprehension of the solemn reality of eternal things may be the true cause of our want of success.

It matters not how great the pressure is, only where the pressure lies. As long as the pressure does not come between me and my Savior, but presses me to Him, then the greater the pressure, the greater my dependence upon Him.

God means just what He says and He will do all that He has promised.

Satan may build a hedge about us and fence us in and hinder our movements, but he cannot roof us in and prevent our looking up.

Satan, the Hinderer, may build a barrier about us, but he can never roof us in, so that we cannot look up.

Would that God would make hell so real to us that we cannot rest; heaven so real that we must have men there, Christ so real that our supreme motive and aim shall be to make the Man of Sorrows the Man of Joy by the conversion to him of many.

I myself, for instance, am not especially gifted, and am shy by nature, but my gracious and merciful God and Father inclined Himself to me, and when I was weak in faith He strengthened me while I was still young. He taught me in my helplessness to rest on Him, and to pray even about little things in which another might have felt able to help himself.

God's work is not man working for God; it is God's own work, though often wrought through man's hands.

Brother, if you would enter that Province, you must go forward on your knees.

But how to get faith strengthened? Not by striving after faith, but by resting on the Faithful One.

God isn't looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him

If we are faithful to God in little things, we shall gain experience and strength that will be helpful to us in the more serious trials of life.

Would that God would make hell so real to us that we cannot rest; Heaven so real that we must have men there.

The missionary spirit is the spirit of Jesus, the spirit of the incarnation and the cross.

When the heart submits, then Jesus reigns. When Jesus reigns, there is rest.

The less I spent on myself and the more I gave to others, the fuller of happiness and blessing did my soul become.

I have seen many men work without praying, though I have never seen any good come out of it; but I have never seen a man pray without working.

A little thing is a little thing, but faithfulness in little things is a great thing.

An easy, non-self-denying life will never be one of power.

Our joy in Him may be a fluctuating thing: His joy in us knows no change.

If I had 1,000 lives, I'd give them all for China.

Believing prayer will lead to whole-hearted action.

Fruit-bearing involves cross-bearing. There are not two Christs--an easygoing one for easygoing Christians, and a suffering, toiling one for exceptional believers. There is only one Christ. Are you willing to abide in Him, and thus to bear much fruit?

One difficulty follows another very fast - but God reigns, not chance.

As a rule, prayer is answered and funds come in, but if we are kept waiting, the spiritual blessing that is the outcome is far more precious than exemption from the trial.

There has never been a successful social movement for any minority without the support of the majority.

Devotion to God is still a voluntary thing; hence the differences of attainment among Christians.

If this is a real work for God it is a real conflict with Satan.

While unbelief sees the difficulties, faith sees God between itself and them.

If we wait till we run no risk, the gospel will never be introduced into the interior.

Power with God will be the gauge of real power with men.

Were it not for the consciousness of Christ in my life, hour by hour, I could not go on. But He is teaching me the glorious lessons of His sufficiency, and each day I am carried onward with no feeling of strain or fear of collapse.

If I had a thousand pounds, China should have it. If I had a thousand lives, China should have them. No! Not China, but Christ. Can we do too much for Him?

Nothing can take the place of a real hunger for souls, or make up for the lack of it.

Unless you intend your wife to be a true missionary, not merely a wife, home-maker, and friend, do not join us.

Consider six or eight hours a day sacred to the Lord and His work, and let nothing hinder your giving this time (to language study and practice) till you can preach fluently and intelligibly.

If it is true in anything, it is especially true of divine things, what costs little is worth little.

In nothing do we fail more, as a Mission, than in lack of tact and politeness.

― Hudson Taylor Quotes

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