In our church gatherings, we are going through Watchmen Nee’s book, “Sit, Walk, Stand.” If you are not familiar with Watchman Nee, it might be helpful to know that he was saved while in high school. At the moment of his salvation, just like many of us, his plans for the future were entirely abandoned. He once stated, “From the evening I was saved, I began to live a new life, for the life of the eternal God, had entered into me.” Amen! How many of us can joyfully make that claim?
Later, when the Lord called him to carry out His commission, he began to refer to himself by the English name Watchman. And the Chinese name To-sheng, which means “the sound of a watchman’s rattle.’ He used the names because he considered himself to be a watchman “raised up to sound out a warning call in the dark night.” Yes, indeed. I hope many of us can make this claim!
It is indeed an incredible testimony! In the introduction of “Sit, Walk, Stand,” he wrote:
To be useful in God’s hand a man must be properly adjusted in respect of his position [in Christ], his life, and his warfare. He falls short of God’s requirements if he underestimates any of them, for each is a sphere which God would express “the glory of his grace, which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:6)
What was he saying?
Well, he was saying that we must always know and understand who we are in Christ. “That God, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ and the all-glorious Father, will give you spiritual wisdom and the insight to know more of him: that you may receive that inner illumination of the spirit which will make you realise how great is the hope to which he is calling you — the magnificence and splendour of the inheritance promised to Christians — and how tremendous is the power available to us who believe in God” (Ephesians 1:17-19).
This is what we are never to “underestimate.” We must always recognize that our Lord is Supreme and above every power that is in Heaven, that is in the Earth and every power that is below the Earth.
Most of us can recognize this, but forget that “we were dead in our sins,” but God [ooh the two most important words we need to remember: But God! We were dead in our sins . . . But God], “who is rich in mercy, and because of the great love for us, gave us life together with Christ!” Oh Glory to God! He “has lifted us right out of the old life to take our place with him in Christ in the Heavens.”
“God has made us what we are. He has created us in Christ Jesus to live lives filled with good works that he has prepared for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:4-10).
This is what we are to never disregard or underestimate. Once you grasp what our Father has done for you, it will revolutionize your life! As my Pastor is found of saying, “You will be Revelated.” And once you are “Revelated,” you will become “useful in God’s hand.”
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