Afflictions borne for the Gospel are light and momentary

Scripture reference

2 Corinthians 4:7–18 (ASV 1901)

7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not from ourselves; 8we are pressed on every side, yet not straitened; perplexed, yet not unto despair; 9pursued, yet not forsaken; smitten down, yet not destroyed; 10always bearing about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our body. 11For we who live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12So then death worketh in us, but life in you. 13But having the same spirit of faith, according to that which is written, I believed, and therefore did I speak; we also believe, and therefore also we ...


For Hudson Taylor and his missionary companions, reaching the many Chinese souls that were yet without a Saviour was of paramount importance and every discomfort they had to suffer for that to happen was welcomed. And so, with a smile rather than a complaint, hardships associated with their work were borne.
The Taylors were undaunted even after suffering intense persecution and trials. In separate letters, they both counted as light and momentary their suffering for the sake of gospel, fixing their eyes on the weightier eternal glory that a harvest of souls would bring to God's Kingdom.