As I considered Hudson Taylor’s experience in giving his half-crown (as I described in my previous post) I was struck with a second application.
Matthew 22:36-39 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ 38 “This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’
If we are to love God with ALL our heart, soul, and mind where does the love for one’s neighbor come from? The answer is that we are to love with the love that we have for God. We love them because God “so loved the world” and we love them because we desire to glorify Him. Taylor’s example illustrates this truth. This realization should transform our evangelicalism and our approach to missions. It should change our perspective of our brothers and sisters in Christ (1 John2:7-11).