James Hudson Taylor is remembered as a man who accomplished great things for God. Taylor founded China Inland Mission (CIM), and during his 50 years in China was responsible for building 125 schools and for bringing more than 800 missionaries into the country. As a result, nearly 18,000 Chinese converted to Christianity within his lifetime.
Those were the big results. But Taylor’s early ministry was anything but big! Getting his ministry off the ground was slow-going, but Taylor was faithful. The story is told of a stormy night in Birmingham, England when Taylor was scheduled to speak at a local school. His hostess assured him that nobody would attend on such a stormy night. However, Taylor insisted on going anyway, saying, “I must go even if there is no one but the doorkeeper.”
Less than a dozen people showed up that night, but Taylor would later say that an “unusual spiritual power” was among them. At the end of the evening, half of those present became missionaries, and the rest became faithful supporters of CIM for years to come.
Taylor lived by his own words, “A little thing is a little thing, but faithfulness in little things is a great thing.” Likewise, Taylor’s contemporary, FB Meyer once wrote, “Don’t waste your time waiting and longing for large opportunities which may never come. But faithfully handle the little things that are always claiming your attention.”
Faithfulness in little things was important to Jesus as well. Listen to His words:
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much… (Luke 16:10)
Feeling discouraged in your efforts to serve our Lord? Remember, faithfulness in little things is a great thing to God – keep at it and leave the results to Him. –Dave
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