Armed for Sacrifice
The China Inland Mission (CIM) to this day notably stands out within Christian mission's history.
The CIM was formed under Hudson Taylor in 1865 after the soul-tearing hardships, trials and tribulations he lived through in his early missionary endeavors for financial support, that he may take the Gospel to inland China.
His legacy survives very well to this day, re-named in 1964 - Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF).
The CIM raised up many sacrificial missioners.
Two of them speak on:
Jenny Faulding explained her life's sacrificial purpose:
if I could have fifty lives I would live them all for poor China.
Lewis Nicol likewise wrote:
the Chinese costume has been a trial for me to wear, but I think it is for God and not man, this eases my mind ... by His grace I was to count nothing dear to me than the glory of God and the salvation of souls; and by His grace I hope to spend and be spent for Him.
2000 years prior to these self-sacrificing missionaries the Apostle Paul inspired:
so I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well. (2 Corinthians 12:15)
These, and countless others like them knew themselves as taken by the Lord. They chose to count their only life on earth as only for Him.
We only work in the present for that which endures forever. Such are those who are armed for sacrifice.
Today's Soul Snippet:
'Prosperity is not a sign that all is well.' ~ Anon
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