...but the cross
As the seasons begin to change and the hot weather gives way to brisk mornings, there have been many thoughtful conversations surrounding the book that our precious little Bible study has been moving through. Sit, Walk, Stand by Watchman Nee is a thin book, but what it lacks in length it verily makes up for with content as deep as the Atlantic Ocean.
This past week we have been pondering this quote by Nee: “As Christians our standard of living can never be ‘right or wrong, but the cross.” That is an extremely uncomfortable thing to be told. I say that because what the world tells us is the “right thing” usually serves our own interests, but living out what Christ did on the cross calls for us to completely forsake ourselves and love those around us.
“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5
Christ gave up all his standing, power, and dignity when he went to the cross. That is the directive we as Christians must follow. Put aside our own selves, trust in God’s provision, and fully love our neighbors here on earth. That’s a hard thing to do, but truly beautiful when lived out.
This group we have with the Sparks House is beautiful because as we move through scripture, we not only commit ourselves to learning it, but we are also applying it while living in love and community with one another. I count myself blessed to be a part of it, not only for the true friendships we have created, but also for the constant and encouraging call to grow together in Christ.
- Eddan Sparks