No One Said It Would Be Easy
What a mission field America has become! While revival is happening in many places and even in non-Christian religious groups coming to Jesus in great numbers, America has lost our soul, any semblance of honoring God, and has sold out to the destructive forces of living for selfish pleasure. Never has any nation been more blessed by God to have turned so rapidly and fully from any desire to serve Him.
It is not unusual to hear blasphemy spoken as “common” speech. The name of God is used frequently… not in prayer but in profanity or vanity. Life is no longer considered sacred which is confirmed daily with bombings, shootings, mass acts of terror, abortion, war, and gang violence.
We have reared a generation that feels entitled. They have been awarded for just “showing up” on a team sport where everybody gets a trophy. They have been “given” everything and have had to work for very little. They feel that life should be good for them because they are so very special. What a shock it will be if our country folds economically, yields to the present danger of socialism, and continues to forget the God who made us great. Backbone, courage, convictions, and character build a nation. Apathy, entitlement, and ease destroy mankind.
Thank God that we still have those courageous people who live to honor God now and lived for the LORD in the past to make a huge difference so that we can enjoy freedom, faith, and privilege. It is not easy to establish and preserve that!
Maria Dyer was born in 1837 on the mission field in China where her parents were pioneer missionaries. Both her parents died when Maria was a little girl, and she was sent back to England to be raised by an uncle. The loss of her parents, however, did not deter her young heart from the importance of sharing the gospel. At age sixteen she, along with her sister, returned to China to work in a girl’s school as a missionary herself. Five years later, she married Hudson Taylor, a man well-known today for his life of ministry, faith, and sacrifice. He founded the China Inland Mission.
To join the China Inland Mission, missionaries had to agree to wear Chinese clothing and hairstyles. They could not accept a salary or ask people for money, but trust God to meet their needs. And God did! The little mission grew. By the time Hudson died in 1905 after 30 years in China, there were 825 missionaries serving in every province of China, 300 mission stations, 500 local Chinese helpers, and over 25,000 new Chinese Christians.
Hudson and Maria’s work was often criticized—even by other Christians. At one point Maria wrote, “As to the harsh judging of the world, or the more painful misunderstandings of Christian brethren, I generally feel that the best plan is to go on with our work and leave God to vindicate our cause.” Of their nine children, only four survived to adulthood. Maria herself died of cholera when she was just forty-three. But she believed the cause was worthy of the sacrifice. On her grave marker these words were inscribed: “For her to live was Christ, and to die was gain.”
In a day when many are self-absorbed and care more about what they can get rather than what they can give, we need a renewal of sacrificial love. It was God’s love for us that sent Jesus into the world to die for our sins, and it is that kind of giving love that our world needs so greatly today. When we love God as we should, our interests fade as we magnify Him. (Copied).