The one thing to bear in mind

May God keep you, and not only keep you – fill you more and more, and keep you running over with living waters. The one thing, I judge, to bear in mind is that it has “pleased the Father that in Him should all the fullness dwell.” Apart from Him we have nothing, are nothing, cannot bring forth any fruit to God… But in Him all is ours. With Him there is a constant feast for us.  To know Christ as the Bridegroom is most blessed; to be not betrothed, and having occasional visits, but married. “I am with you always,” “I will never leave thee,” “I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee” -  such are now His messages of love to us.”


J. Hudson Taylor, in a letter to a member of the China Inland Mission, 1879

Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor, Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission, Volume II, 267