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Luke 9:46

Who Is Greatest

Whenever there is trouble over who is the greatest there is trouble over who is the least. That is the crux of the matter for us, isn’t it? Most of us know we will never be the greatest; just don’t let us be the least.

Richard J. Foster, Christianity Today, January 7, 1983

Hudson Taylor

The accuracy of Jesus’ statement about Mary of Bethany is proven every time we talk about her act of devotion. What she did is still “spoken of, for a memorial of her.” Her outpouring of love for Jesus, which was demonstrated when she anointed Him with oil, has been remembered down through the centuries to this very day.

In Yorkshire, England, during the early 1800s, two sons were born to a family named Taylor. The older one set out to make a name for himself by entering Parliament and gaining public prestige. But the younger son chose to give his life to Christ. He later recalled, “Well do I remember, as in unreserved consecration I put myself, my life, my friends, my all, upon the altar. I felt I was in the presence of God, entering into covenant with the Almighty.” With that commitment, Hudson Taylor turned his face toward China and obscurity. As a result, he is known and honored on every continent as a faithful missionary and the founder of the China Inland Mission (now known as Overseas Missionary Fellowship). for the other son, however, there is no lasting monument. He became known simply as “the brother of Hudson Taylor.” - P.R.V.

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