Emanna for 09/03/2019
Reacting in the Transcendent Life (2)
2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound unto you, that, in everything always having all sufficiency, you may abound unto every good work; 1 Thessalonians 3:12 And the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we also to you, Words of Ministry
[Part 2 of 2]
To transcend means to be on top. Suppose someone strikes your right cheek. If you try to remember Matthew 5 and say, "I am determined to let him strike. If he wants my tunic, I will give him my tunic reluctantly. If he forces me to walk one mile, I will force myself to accompany him two miles." This kind of behavior is useless. This is not transcending. Who can give their other cheek? It is those who, when insulted, realize that they have received a rich life from the Lord. Christians are never reluctant people, and the Christian reaction never just meets the minimum requirement. A sister once said, "I almost lost my temper!" She sounded very victorious when she said this. But this is not a Christian reaction. A Christian reaction does much more than what is needed; it stands the challenges well. Some people are extremely unkind to you; that is the "right cheek." If you can return kindness to them and still be victorious before God, that is the "left cheek." The "left cheek" speaks of abundance. It denotes surplus. The Christian victory is not a meager victory. The Christian victory is an overflowing victory. Christians should always have a surplus; they should always transcend their experience. Christian victory never comes by force; it is never achieved by gritting one's teeth or arguing. Christian victory is always easy to come by. May the Lord enlarge us again and again, and may we express the grace of God's children again and again.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, Messages for Building Up New Believers, p 375. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.