Kung tayo’y nabubuhay, sa Panginoon tayo nabubuhay; at kung tayo’y namamatay, sa Panginoon tayo namamatay. Kaya nga, sa mabuhay o sa mamatay, tayo’y sa Panginoon.
Mga Taga-Roma 14:8
Sino si Hudson Taylor? Isa siyang British missionary to China noong 19th century. Kakaiba si Taylor sa ibang missionaries noong panahon na iyon. While other missionaries wore Western clothes, or kung ano ‘yung suot ng ibang foreigners, Taylor wore the same clothes as the locals in China. Sensitive siya sa culture ng bansa kung saan siya nag-minister. He even learned different Chinese dialects and could preach in Mandarin, Chaozhou, and the Wu dialects of Shanghai and Ningbo. His love, passion, and respect for the people of China helped him bear much fruit: over 18,000 Chinese people became Christians, and the society he established put up 125 schools.
Taylor died in 1905, but even after his death, marami pa rin siyang na-inspire na Christians, years later, through his biographies and ministry. Some examples include Olympic Gold Medalist Eric Liddell, missionary and martyr Jim Elliot, evangelist Billy Graham, at iba pa.
Katulad ng nakasulat sa book of Romans, “sa mabuhay o sa mamatay, tayo’y sa Panginoon” (14:8). Great men and women of faith, such as Hudson Taylor, lived in such a way that they inspired the people around them at that time, and continue to inspire many generations later, even after their death.
Salamat Lord, for the lives and ministries of Your people in the past, who continue to encourage and inspire us even now. Help me to continue faithfully in my life and journey with You, as they did.
Who are the great men and women of the faith who inspire you? Do some research and choose one well-known person—puwedeng missionary, preacher, evangelist, o teacher. What did you learn about this person? How can you apply what you learned in your own life and ministry, based on what you learned?