CHAPTER 32--WITH WINGS AS EAGLES--1889. AET- 57.

IT was with confidence in God, though with a deep sense of the gravity of the situation, -that Mr. Taylor prepared for leaving China when it became evident that home difficulties could not be settled by correspondence. Very little of all he had hoped to do on this visit had been accomplished ; but the mental patient was recovering, and plans for the large new premises in Shanghai, to which" he had been devoting much attention, were finished and in the builder's hands. Mission house, prayer meeting hall, business quarters, and residences for the permanent staff were all to be erected on the site obtained some years previously, and so thoroughly had the details been gone into that Mr. Taylor knew by heart the measurement of every door and window : his interest being only exceeded by thankfulness that the buildings, extensive as they necessarily were, would be no charge upon the funds of the' Mission.

Facing the difficulties that awaited him, Mr. Taylor wrote to a member of the London Council before leaving

Pray that in the reorganisation of our home work we may have much divine guidance, and that the issue of this great trial may be greater blessing all round. " All things work together for good to them that love God " : we all do this and with all our hearts, whatever else we fail in, do we not ? So the issue is sure.

It was in no spirit of self-confidence, however, that he went forward, as may be seen from a letter to Mr. Stevenson when nearing Aden.

It is so solemn to feel that, one may go out ... as Samson did, unconscious that the Lord has left one, to win defeat and captivity and blindness. May the Lord keep me and keep you very near Himself. All our service will be worse than useless without that. The solemnity of our position as the representatives of such blessed truths as we teach makes me tremble. But the Lord will surely, for His own Name's sake, keep us.

The voyage by French Mail, though specially trying, afforded opportunity for waiting upon God. The heat was excessive, and a couple of hundred soldiers taken on board at Saigon did not add to the comfort or quiet of the thirdclass quarters. But the solitary English traveller was living less in outward things than in unseen realities.

" One is lonely in the midst of a crowd on this steamer," he wrote to Mrs. Taylor from the Red Sea (May 9). " There are fewer than usual who understand English . . . If our love makes us long so for the glad day of our reunion, how much more must our Master look forward to the completion of His blood-bought Bride and the day of His espousals! Would that we were all more alive to His longings, more in earnest to do all that in us lies to hasten the day of His desire. One can well understand the glad `shout ' with which He will come to claim His Bride, when His' long patience' is past. Oh, for more likeness to Him, .more of His patience, more fellowship in His sufferings ! My Darling, I am so little like Him ! "

A very real sense of his own insufficiency led Mr. Taylor to rejoice at this time as never before in the wonderful deliverance given to the Apostle Paul, not from but in his infirmities. On the passage, " My grace is sufficient for thee," he had written shortly before leaving China.

When the pressure was greatest and his own weakness most felt, 'the Apostle knew himself to be in the very position to be made an instrument of blessing to many, and to 'be most abundantly sustained himself. . . . And was not this a better answer to Paul's prayers than the mere removing of his " thorn " would have been ? The latter course would live left him open to similar trouble whenever the next distress came ; but God's method at once and for ever delivered him from all oppression of present and future trials. Hence he triumphantly exclaimed `Most gladly will I rather glory (or rejoice) in my weaknesses, that the strength of Christ may overshadow and cover me." .. .

Ah, who would not wish to share the Apostle's thorn in the flesh, if thereby he might be brought in reality into the experience of his deliverance from the oppression of all weakness, all injury, all necessity, all persecution, all distress, and might henceforth know that the very hour and time of weakness was the very hour and time of truest strength ?

That it was so in this serious crisis is evident from the joy with which Mr. Taylor wrote to Mr. Stevenson of answered prayer in connection with the difficulties that had called him home. From the very day of his arrival (May 21) he found that God Himself had been working to make a continuance of happy relations possible, 1-{1 " Many thanks for your good wishes for my birthday," Mr. Taylor wrote to Mr. Stevenson some weeks later. " I reached England on that day, and found the stone already rolled away,"} and when the annual meetings were held a week or two later, they proved a time of remarkable blessing.

I think that all may now be put right," he wrote to Mr. Stevenson at the end of the month, " and that great good will result from our great trial."

And a few weeks later:

July 4 : ' It is impossible not to see in these things the good hand of our God in answer to many prayers. I do not think things have been so cordial for years. In all this there is abundant cause for gratitude and praise.

Thus the storm clouds began to roll away, leaving behind them clearer vision and hearts more ready for the larger, purposes of God. The development of the home work in several important directions was one immediate result. A Deed of Incorporation for the safeguarding of mission property was drawn up. The Council was strengthened by the addition of Mr. Robert Scott as Treasurer and several new members. An Auxiliary Council was formed in Glasgow, to deal with Scottish candidates, and a Ladies' Council in London, of which Miss Soltau was appointed Secretary with entire charge of a department for the help and training of women-workers.

In the midst of these and other arrangements, and with invitations for meetings pressing upon him, it was not easy for Mr. Taylor to cross the Atlantic again for the Niagara and Northfield Conferences. But a visit to America seemed necessary, to strengthen the relations between the oldest and newest departments of the work, and, armed with a cordial letter of welcome to the Toronto Council from the Council in London, he set out early in July. Of the quickened hopes stirring within him, and the way in which he was pressing on to know more of the wonder-working power of God, some impression may be gained from a letter to Mrs. Taylor before leaving Queenstown Harbour (July 6).

I am hoping to give special time to prayer and Bible-study on the voyage. Darling, I do want our whole ,life to be an ascending plane-not resting in anything we have learned or felt or attained, but a pressing on and up. . . . God has been faithful to us, as far as we have gone out on His promises and have trusted His faithfulness ; but how little we have done so I How small, after all, have been our prayers and expectations, seeing we have such a God to do with.

What would a great Sovereign think of a proposal to add one hundred soldiers in the course of a year to his army of invasion in a country like China ?. We must get on to a higher plane of thought altogether, and of prayer, if we are to walk worthy of God and deal in any sensible way with the world's crying need. Let us ask in faith for such workers for every department as shall be fit and able to deal worthily with their work at home, in America, in China, and for such an enduement of power as shall make the feeblest mighty and the strong as the angels (messengers) of God. Is it too much to expect of Him, too much to ask for His glory ? May God save us from limiting the Holy One of Israel. May He open-our eyes to see Himself, and help us to go forward on the strength of His ' Have not I sent thee ? "

We go working on, feeling our weakness and personal need ; feeling the weakness and poverty of the Church and the unreality or at least extreme shallowness of its consecration ; feeling the power of the one, united front of the world, the flesh and the devil. Do we not want more really to meditate' on GOD to gaze on Him ; to take in what we are even now competent to take in of His greatness, His resources, His assurances and promises ? Dwelling thus on Him, should we not be enabled to grasp more of the heights and depths of His character and purposes, and be more ready and able to do His will ? May He, Darling, in our separation, become all the more to us, that we may first be more to Him, and then through Him to our work and to each other.

In the little town of Attica two other hearts had been learning similar lessons, hearts united in an equally deep bond of love. Circumstances had changed a good deal for Mr. and Mrs. Frost since Mr. Taylor's previous visit, but their home seemed, if anything, more attractive than before. The marriage gift of his father, it had been beautified by the addition of panelled wooden ceilings, to replace the plaster ones which had fallen in the lower rooms, a detail that was to have a good deal to do with the direction of their lives at this time. With every comfort .in their surroundings, a large circle of friends and nothing but happiness in their children, there seemed little of earthly good left to desire. But an unseen Hand was stirring up this nest, and Mr. Taylor's second visit -found them in the midst of strange experiences.

For their income, which had hitherto been amply sufficient, had suddenly been cut off through the failure of a flourishing business. At his father's express desire, Mr. Frost had given up his own business some years previously, to devote himself entirely to evangelistic work. The father was well able to supply the needs of the family, and rejoiced to have fellowship in this way in his son's service for the Lord: But now, to his sorrow, this was no longer possible. To have gone back into secular employment would have greatly curtailed Mr. Henry W. Frost's usefulness as an evangelist, and would have necessitated his giving up much active participation in the work of the C.I.M. This he could not feel to be the will of God, after all the way in which he and Mr. Taylor had been led, and it practically came to be, as he expressed it, a question-" Which father are you really trusting ? "

Outside the immediate family no one knew of their position, and both Mr. and Mrs. Frost saw it to be a special opportunity for putting to the test not their faith only but the definite promises of God. A few months previously they had determined never, under any circumstances, to go into debt. Amid the apparent comfort of their surroundings, therefore, and with wide margins of credit in the stores of the little town, they found themselves directly dependent upon their Heavenly Father even for daily bread. How searching as well as precious were the experiences through which they were learning more of His infinite faithfulness is a story to itself that we may not enter upon here. Suffice it to say that their joy in God was growing deeper and their desire to be wholly engaged in His service stronger, although they little anticipated the sacrifice that would be involved.

Great was the encouragement to Mr. Frost, as to Mr. Taylor, of the welcome with which they were received at the Niagara Conference of this summer. The interest in China seemed deeper and the sympathy for the Inland Mission stronger than the previous year. The gifts of 1888 for the support of American workers were largely exceeded, and many new friendships were formed and old ones strengthened.

" The warm welcomes I have had," Mr. Taylor wrote before leaving, " and the assurances from one and another that great and permanent blessings have resulted from my former visit are very cheering. It does seem so wonderful that God can use even me. May He do so more and more, for His own glory."

Mr. Taylor's chief object in coming over being the settlement of the work upon a permanent basis, he gave much time to meetings with the Council and intercourse with its individual members. The number of the latter was increased, and Mr. Sandham finding it necessary, on account of many engagements, to retire from the position he had held, Mr. Frost was invited to assume the sole responsibility as Treasurer and Secretary, making his home in Toronto.

So this was what it had all been leading to ! In view of recent experiences, he was himself prepared for a life of faith with regard to temporal supplies ; but he knew that Mrs. Frost would feel giving up their lovely home very keenly, on account of the children.

" One day as I was in the parlour, resting," he wrote of this critical time, " my wife, unknown to me, was waiting upon God in her own room for guidance. While thus engaged she was led to open her Bible and to read in the book of Haggai ; and she had not read long in this portion of Scripture before she had the light for which she had been so earnestly seeking. A moment later I heard her coming to me across the library and hall. She stepped to my side, and without a word laid her open Bible on my knee, pointing as she did so to the fourth verse of the first chapter of Haggai. I looked at the words indicated and read as follows

"'Is it a time for you, 0 ye, to dwell in your ceiled houses and this house lie waste ? '

" It was not necessary that my wife should say anything to explain her meaning ; the lesson was self-evident. One look in her face showed me that the Lord had won the victory for her, and one look at the ceiling overhead settled the question finally for myself. From that hour, though it was not an easy thing to do, we were united in our desire to give up our home, in order that we might have part in the building of that spiritual house, the temple of Christ's body, which we knew the Lord was waiting to see completed."

Gladly would Mr. Taylor have made it possible for the step to be taken without financial difficulty ; but while he could give them enough for the actual move, there was little over. The contributions at Niagara and in other centres, while amounting to thousands of dollars, were almost all designated for individual missionaries, and could not be drawn upon. About fifty pounds given to Mr. Taylor for his own use he felt free to pass on, but " beyond this " he said quite frankly, " I can promise you nothing. You will have to look to the Lord for supplies, as we do in England and in China."

" I confess," was Mr. Frost's very natural recollection, " that Mr. Taylor's words did not at first suggest an inviting prospect. To move my family and belongings, to take a home in a strange city, to invite a large number of candidates into that home, to supply their needs and our own and to carry on the work of the Mission with little more than two hundred and fifty dollars was certainly not a promising arrangement from an earthly standpoint. But recent experiences . . . had given me to understand that there was a factor in the case not to be left out, and which being reckoned upon altered the proposition. That factor was the Lord Himself. Two hundred and fifty dollars was anything but a large sum with which to begin such an undertaking ; but two hundred. and fifty dollars with the Lord was all that we could need. Thus, so far as finances were concerned, I soon felt prepared to accept Mr. Taylor's offer."

Could he have foreseen the many and wonderful answers to prayer that were to bring to the American branch of the Mission over half a million dollars within the next seventeen years, and place at his disposal property to the value of forty thousand more, he might have gone forward with less fear and trembling. But then, would there have been the same faith and prayerfulness, the constant, close dependence upon God which have made Mr. Frost so great a strength to the Mission? Would the Home in Toronto have become the centre of blessing it has been, and the object-lesson to very many whose hearts turn to it with gratitude from China and other lands, of what God can do and be in the lives of those who trust Him without reserve ? 1-{1 To-day the American branch of the C.I.M. is represented by a hundred and fifteen missionaries, working in fifty-seven stations in thirteen of the eighteen provinces.}

All this was in the future, however, and it was with concern Mr. Frost saw the days and weeks slip by of Mr. Taylor's too short visit. Much helpful fellowship they had together as they travelled from place to place, Mr. Taylor addressing over forty meetings in eighteen different centres during the five weeks he was in America. Four days at Northfield completed the programme, and brought the Mission again before many friends of the previous summer. Mr. Moody's interest was so much deepened that he offered the beautiful and spacious " Northfield Hotel " during the winter, as a training home for the candidates of the Mission, undertaking to give himself a course of one month's Bible lessons, while Dr. A. T. Pierson would give another.

Cheered and strengthened by many tokens for good, Mr. Taylor left America in August, to carry out a full programme of meetings, which included a visit to Sweden before the close of the year. 'So pressing and constant were his engagements that he found it difficult to obtain the time needed for remembering all his fellow-workers daily before God. Well he knew that to relax prayer was to open the way for the enemy to come in like a flood ; and as he travelled from place to place he literally had to buy up every opportunity for this unseen but important work.

" What line of thought will you be taking tonight ? " asked one who was to speak at the same meeting, after they had travelled together for an hour or two.

I can hardly tell," was Mr. Taylor's reply. " I have not yet had time to think about it."

" Not time! " exclaimed the other. " Why, what have you been doing but rest ever since we came into 'this carriage ? "

I do not know about resting," was the quiet answer ; " but I do know that since we left Edinburgh I have prayed by name for every member of the China Inland Mission."

This sort of preoccupation did not make him unmindful of the interests of those from whom he received hospitality, however, as may be judged from many a letter. .

" I can never forget your fatherly kindness to me," wrote Mrs. Colville of his stay in Motherwell this autumn (near Glasgow). " Often the very memory of your visit refreshes me. There was such a sweet fragrance of Christ in all your words and actions that, praise God, the house is still filled with the odour of the ointment, and whenever your name is mentioned our hearts go out in love. I hope you are well : I know you are happy, for you walk in the light of His countenance."

This was the attractive power felt in Scotland just as in America, the unconscious influence that had had not a little to do with the interest in Sweden which had now grown to considerable proportions. Meeting a young stranger from that country one busy day in Paternoster Row, Mr. Taylor had gone out of his way to show him corurtesy. They met again in Exeter Hall-an important occasion connected with the outgoing of the Seventy (1883), when Mr. Taylor might have passed the Swedish visitor with a greeting. But

" We had a conversation after the meeting," the latter recalled, " and Mr. Taylor talked to me in a very kind way, by which my heart was drawn out to him. . He seemed to be full of love."

Further intercourse at Pyrland Road deepened the interest, and when Mr. Holmgren returned to Orebro it was as a staunch friend of the Inland Mission. First as editor of a religious weekly, then as Pastor of one of the leading churches in Stockholm, he did all that in him lay to awaken Swedish Christians to a sense of responsibility for the unevangelised millions of China, among whom they as yet had no representatives. Eric Folke, an Upsala graduate, deeply conscious of a call from God to that great field, could find no Swedish society to send him there. Going independently, he was welcomed at the C.I.M. in Shanghai, and passed on to its training home at An-king for the study of the language. Six months later he wrote to Mr. Holmgren of his desire to work in association with the Inland Mission, and a Committee was formed in Stockholm to facilitate the going out of others to join him.

For some time this representative group of friends had been urging Mr. Taylor to visit Sweden, where his name was well known through Mr. Holmgren's paper and his own writings. Tied for time as he was by the second General Missionary Conference in Shanghai, at which he had promised to preach the opening sermon, it was not easy to spare a month for this purpose ; but the Committee was needing advice as to their work in China, for which Mr. Taylor felt in measure responsible, as it was to be carried on in close affiliation with the C.I.M.

The whole thing was coming about so naturally that he can hardly have realised the widening that was taking place in his personal ministry and the connections of the Mission, which was yet to be linked with deeply prayerful movements in many Continental centres as well as in America and Australasia. With the Niagara Conference of the previous year the new movement had begun, and to the present summer may be traced the larger vision, the inward mounting up " with wings as eagles," which was to lead to much of the outward development. For Mr. Taylor himself was growing with the growing work. After the recent difficulties which had so tested and strengthened faith in God, he was full of longing, as we have seen, " to grasp more of the heights and depths of His character and purposes, and be more ready and able to do His will." And now, even before he could pay his promised visit to Sweden, a fuller revelation of that will had come.

Conscious of a new call from God, a new urgency about the work to which his life was given, Mr. Taylor was ready for the important openings his northern journey afforded. New to him was the welcome of Swedish Christians, which exceeded in its warmth and hospitality anything he had previously known ; and new to them was the spirit of the man with so great a burden' for China's perishing millions.1-{1 Mr. Taylor spent most of November in Sweden and Denmarkpassing on to Norway, and returning via Hamburg and Rotterdam early in December 1889.}

" We seldom address fewer than two to five thousand people daily," he wrote toward the close of the visit, in which he was again accompanied by his second son. " Even in small places we have large audiences. Hundreds could not get in last night and some had come thirty miles to the meeting. May great and lasting blessing be the result."

The eagerness with which many of the poorer people called out or pressed forward in those crowded assemblies, to make their little gifts, greatly touched the visitors.

One dear old sailor who did not look as if he had much to spare, put into the collecting plate his snuff-box-snuff and all I We were told that it had probably been his companion for thirty or forty years. It was made of a shell, and had a heavy silver top and lid. -It sold that night for twenty crowns.

In another place a lady who had been much moved in the meeting came up and putting a beautiful watch into my hand began to speak in English. But her emotion prevented her completing the sentence in any but her own language

" It is for Herren Jesu," she said-repeating several times in Swedish, " The Lord Jesus, the Lord Jesus, the dear Lord Jesus." a

In the homes of the wealthy and in' centres of learning the same interest was found.

" At Upsala the venerable Dean Torin was at three of my meetings," Mr. Taylor continued- in the home-letters for which he made time whatever came. " Professor Rudin, one of the greatest preachers in Sweden, was at all four, and at Howard's, too, which was for students in the university. I had over two thousand hearers, morning and evening.... Many said they would never forget us, and I do think China will be remembered as never before. . . . I must have addressed fifty or sixty thousand persons since landing, and I doubt not many are saying in their hearts, ' Here am I, send me.' The kindness, hospitality, of the Swedes exceeds all I have ever seen-and I have seen a good deal."

To Mr. Taylor it came just as naturally to be received with gracious kindness by the Queen as to travel third-class on the railways-which he did in spite of many a friendly remonstrance. Of this interesting experience he wrote to

Mrs. Taylor : -

One of the Ladies in Waiting came to the hotel at which we were -staying and took me in a royal carriage to the palace, five miles out of Stockholm. Very shortly after our arrival the Queen entered, and as l; moved toward her she came over quite simply and shook hands. She conversed a little about China, and then asked for a Bible reading. Two Ladies in Waiting and two nurses from the Queen's own hospital were present. I took 1 Kings 10: 1-13, afterwards showing Her Majesty our. map of China, which led to further conversation about the Mission. The Queen ordered coffee and sandwiches to be brought in, and ' afterwards shook hands very warms and retired.

In Sweden as elsewhere it was the spirit of the man that added weight to what was said. Seen through the eyes of Mr. Holmgren, who travelled with them, this was if anything the more eloquent message.

" Everywhere the people were drawn to Mr. Taylor, recalled this helpful friend. " He showed much love and affection, which also was returned. It was a joy to see how the children gathered round him in the families we visited, although they could not understand what he said. He spoke very friendly to them and patted their heads, telling them some nice stories.

" Mr. Hudson Taylor felt much gladdened by his visit to Sweden. He gained many friends ; and still to-day when his name is mentioned before those who heard him, their faces are lit up with joy. He also was very simple and without pretensions. On leaving Linkoping, for example, he was specially tired. He had had several meetings the day before, and had risen early in the morning. There had already been a meeting at eleven o'clock, and at six there should be another in a town sixty miles away. On the way to the station, Dr. Howard Taylor said to his father" ' You are very tired now. Let me take the second-class ticket.'

" In a so gentle way Mr. Taylor answered : 'Well, it is the Lord's money, you know ; we had better be very careful about it.'

" Which answer made a great impression on me. I have many times since heard this word repeat itself in my ears : ' It is the Lord's money : we had better be very careful about it.'

" Lastly, I may mention an incident which also made a great impression upon my mind, and which shows his trust in God. The Committee had intended to meet Mr. Taylor's expenses and those of his son for their journey by taking collections at the meetings. When I met them in Gothenburg I told Mr. Taylor this. Then he looked at me, and with a smiling face said

"' Well, I have a rich Father, you know. I will ask Him about it. But I do not think this thought is quite according to His will. He is sure to provide for me ; and I feel that what is gathered by collections ought to be used' for the Swedish Mission.'

" I felt very much touched, and if I had had money I should gladly have paid all the expenses of his travels in Sweden. But as to his trust that these would be provided, I said to myself, 'That is all very well in England ; but in Sweden it is not the same.'

" I parted from Mr. Taylor at Christiania. He crossed for England and I returned to Stockholm. In his first letter he said

' A few days after we had come to England I received a letter from some one in Sweden, I do not know from whom. A cheque was enclosed for fifty pounds, and the writer said that this money was to meet my expenses and those of my son for our journey in Sweden, and if anything was left over I might use it. as I liked. If you know who has sent it, please give them my warm thanks.'

" I did not know at all from whom it was ; but I felt very much ashamed and humiliated for my unbelief. At the same time I could not restrain my thanksgivings to the Lord for His faithfulness, and that His power is just the same in Sweden as in England."

The burden on Mr. Taylor's heart all through this Swedish visit, if burden it could be called, was the deeper apprehension that had come to him of the meaning of the divine command, " Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature." For more than forty years that command had controlled his life, responded to with unquestioning obedience. What had he not done and suffered ; how had he not helped and inspired others in seeking to carry it out I Surely if there were a man anywhere who might feel that he had discharged his responsibility in this matter it was Hudson Taylor.

And yet, that quiet Sunday by the sea, how new the conception that had dawned upon him of the Master's meaning in those long-familiar words ! It was Mrs. Taylor's birthday (October 6) and they were, spending it in her father's home at Hastings. Did it recall that other memorable Sunday, on the sands at Brighton, when he had met the crisis of his life, and had yielded himself to God for the evangelisation of inland China ?

What he saw now, in the light of the Holy Spirit's teaching, was a meaning so great, so comprehensive, in those few simple words-among the last that fell from the ascending Saviour's lips-that it seemed as if he heard them for the first time.

" I confess with shame," he wrote a few months later, " that until that moment the question, What did our Lord really mean by His command, ' Preach the Gospel to every creature,' had never been raised by me. I had laboured for many years, as have many others, to carry the Gospel further afield ; had laid plans for reaching every unreached province and many smaller districts in China, without realising the plain meaning of our Saviour's words."

"To Every Creature ? " And the total number of Protestant communicants in that great land was only forty thousand. Double the number, treble it, to include adherents, and suppose each one to be a messenger to eight of his fellow countrymen-even so, only one million would be reached. " To every creature " : the words burned into his very soul. But how far was the Church, how far had he been himself from taking them literally, as intended to be acted upon I He saw it now, however ; and with Hudson Taylor there was but one course-to obey.

" How are we going to treat the Lord Jesus Christ with reference to this command ? " he wrote that very day. " Shall we definitely drop the title Lord as applied to Him, and take the ground that we are quite willing to recognise Him as our Saviour, so far as the penalty of sin is concerned, but are not prepared to own ourselves' bought with a price,' or Him as having any claim to our unquestioning obedience ? Shall we say that we are our own masters, willing to yield something as His due, who bought us with His blood, provided He does not ask too much ? Our lives, our loved ones,. our possessions are our own, not His we will give Him what we think fit, and obey any of His requirements that do not demand too great . a sacrifice ? To be taken to heaven by Jesus Christ we are more than willing, but we will not have this Man to reign over us ?

" The heart of every Christian will undoubtedly reject the proposition, so formulated ; but have not countless lives in each generation been lived as though it were proper ground to take ? How few of the Lord's people have practically recognised the truth that Christ is either Lord of all, or is not Lord at all I If we can judge God's Word, instead of being judged by that Word ; if we. can give to God as much or as little as we like, then we are lords and He is the indebted one, to be grateful for our dole and obliged by our compliance with His wishes. If, on the other hand, He is Lord, let us treat Him as such. `Why call ye Me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say ? ' "

So, all unexpectedly, he came to the widest outlook of his life, the purpose that was to dominate the closing decade of its active service. With hair fast turning grey and fiftyseven years of experience behind him, he met the new sense of responsibility with the old faith and confidence. Oh, the fresh appeal of the old incentives ; the uprising of soul before the old ideals ; the faithfulness to early vision, to the first calling ; the undimmed power of the one, the eversupreme Love ! It is all there-all the purpose of youth without abatement, without compromise, despite the stern realities of four and twenty years of the grinding-mill as leader of the Inland Mission. It was fine, fine flour now, but none of it was lost. " None other Name," none other sufficiency ! Christ and Him crucified the one the only remedy for the. sin and need of the world ; God, changeless, inexhaustible, behind His commands and promises ; divine, constraining love, the motive-power-it is all there, first as last and last as first.

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