The Taylor Brothers
The Taylor brothers were both ambitious. Both wanted to make a difference. Both wanted their lives to count. The older brother decided to bring honor to the family name by pursuing a prestigious political career. The younger brother decided to dedicate his life to preaching the gospel and went to China as a missionary.
Contemporaries of the Taylor brothers would have certainly seen the older brother as the more successful one, but today he is virtually unknown except for his relation to his younger brother, Hudson. Hudson Taylor became one of the most well-known pioneer missionaries in history, and he’s loved and honored around the world today. One brother sought fame, fortune, and power. His reputation, money, and influence have long since taken flight on the wings of time. Hudson seemed to throw his life away serving God in a distant land. But the legacy of Hudson Taylor lives on because, though he was not a millionaire, a superstar, or a world leader, he gave his little life to something eternal.3
The missionary martyr Nate Saint once said, “People who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives…and when the bubble has burst, they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.”
The apostle John said it this way, “The world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 John 2:17).
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