Conviction

A question posed in “Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret”, a book by Taylor’s son and daughter-in-law, which is due back to my church library today:

We may have more wealth in these days, better education, greater comfort in traveling and in our surroundings even as missionaries, but have we the spirit of urgency, the deep, inward convictions that moved those who went before us; have we the same passion of love, personal love for the Lord Jesus Christ? If these are lacking, it is a loss for which nothing can compensate.