Watchman Nee called it “The normal Christian Life.” The apostle Paul calls it common faith. “To Titus, a true child of our common faith: Grace and shalom from God and Father and Messiah Jesus, our Savior.” (Titus 1:4) A century has nearly passed since Watchman Nee lived his life believing Jesus’ words from the Father. He taught them to others, refuted false doctrine and died for his faith. He was a child of the common faith.
A true child is one who has been born again: The miracle of creation by the Spirit of God through the word of God. Paul and Titus shared the beauty of a common faith that heard the voice of the Shepherd. “My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27) That is true for every true child of this common faith.
Jesus knows the true child, every thought and deed and need. We are loved, and because we believe, we are changed into His likeness.
With some of us it takes more time than others before we learn to follow. Our ways and thoughts are not like God’s, changes need to happen. We are in a different family now, one that is holy. So we struggle with obedience, as we work out our salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12) Yes, fear. The fear of God is necessary, it is the beginning of wisdom. (Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 9:10) And with wisdom comes knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 1:7)
In time we understand that it is the love of the Father that disciplines His child. Then love becomes our motive to follow Him. “There is no fear in love, rather perfect love casts out fear.” Fear involves punishment and if we are still needing to be disciplined we are not yet perfected by love for our Father. (1 John 4:18) Don’t you want to be perfected as His child? Made perfect in love? Thought so! Watchman Nee, Paul and Titus lived amazing lives.
Hope you continue visiting His Family Table where love is served. Here we will share the common faith.