“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” Hebrews 11:1-3
These words begin what is called the faith hall of fame in Hebrews 11. It lists people of faith and how God walked alongside of them. People like Abel, Abraham, Moses and many more. For the last two weeks we have been looking at more recent people of faith and how God worked through them to bring people to salvation through Jesus. Here are a few more.
Fanny Crosby was born in March 24, 1820. At 6 weeks she had an inflammation in her eye and the doctor’s careless treatment left her blind. The doctor never forgave himself even though Fanny forgave him. He later moved from the area.
By the time Fanny was 10 years old she could recite the first four books of the Old Testament and the four Gospels. Her family was a great spiritual influence in her life. She accepted Jesus as her Savior on November 20, 1850.
She had a gift for writing music and wrote over 8000 hymns. Songs like “To God Be The Glory”, “Blessed Assurance” and “All the Way My Savior Leads Me’. When she was asked how she wrote her hymns she said, “I never undertake a hymn without first asking the good Lord to be my inspiration in the work that I am about to do”.
When she was asked about being blind she said, “she would say to the doctor thank you thank you for making me blind”. If she could have her sight restored she wouldn’t have done it because she felt her blindness was God’s gift to her so that she could write songs for His glory.
Hudson Taylor was born on May 21, 1832 in England. Throughout his childhood he had a confidence that when he was older, he would be a missionary in China. He accepted Christ at the age of 17 and a short time later answered a call to Christian service.
The story of his conversion shows the importance of prayer. He was at home by himself as his mother went to visit a friend 100 miles away. When visiting with her friend she felt the Holy Spirit was impressing on her to pray for her son. So, she did in a locked room for hours until she felt he had made a commitment. At home Hudson was reading a tract and the words ‘it is finished’ jumped off the page. He fell to his knees and accepted Jesus as his Savior. Two weeks later when his mother came home, she said she already knew what happened.
He prepared for many years for mission work and then went to China. In June 27, 1865 he founded the China Inland Mission. He married Maria Dyer on January 20, 1858. He went through a time of struggle but recommitted his life to the mission. People could see a difference in him. One of the statements that he often said was ‘God’s work done God’s way will never lack God’s supplies.’
Many people came to Christ through Hudson’s ministry. To God Be The Glory.