“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Eph. 5:16)
“Redeeming in the original text means “buying back.” Brothers and sisters, God gives us time. It is like capital to a businessman. Time is our capital…this year we have to redeem our time. God has given us time and expects us to make good use of it in the same way that businessmen make good use of their capital. May we all use our time properly, and may we not allow it to pass by vainly and to become wasted.” (Collected Works of Watchman Nee Vol.17)
In the month of January, over 1000 saints from all over the world signed up to read the Life-Study of 1 Thessalonians. During the course of the 30 days, 680 comments were left, flooding the internet with the riches of Christ from 1 Thessalonians.
First Thessalonians unveils a holy life for the church life–a holy life whose structure consists of the work of faith, the labor of love, and the endurance of hope, whose fostering requires the cherishing mothers and exhorting fathers, and whose encouragement and establishing is for our faith and love. This holy life is lived out by the saints who are dwelling “in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,” participating in all that Jesus has experienced and all that Christ has obtained and attained. Their hearts, having been turned and purified, are now being established blameless in holiness and their entire tripartite being is undergoing sanctification to be preserved complete. Such an epistle was written to a church comprised of new believers. How much we need to have these points constituted into our being for our sake and for the sake of those we shepherd into the church life.
As we conclude our reading of the Life-Study of 1 Thessalonians, we would like to suggest two ways of continuing our pursuit from February 6th to 14th:
1) Catch up and finish the messages from 1 Thessalonians, or
2) Continue on to the seven Life-study messages of 2 Thessalonians.
Livingtohim.com will continue the daily posts containing the outline of the message and a place for comments. Perhaps we can all learn to pick up the burden in these messages according to the fellowship from brother Chris Wilde posted here.
In addition, a new thirteen-and-a-half minute video fellowship from brother Andrew Yu is now posted here concerning our Life-study reading. This fellowship is very timely and beneficial to all of us.
Finally, we would like everyone to share their experience, enjoyment, successes, or even failures related to reading the Life-studies for our mutual learning and encouragement. You can do so by leaving comments below.
“I am a little concerned that many who have bought the Life-studies of the New Testament have just put them on their shelves. You have to get yourself soaked with the Life-studies. Every day at every available time you should read the messages. Do not put them on the shelf.” (Witness Lee, Being Desperate and Living Uniquely for the Gospel, Qualifications of Door-Knocking for Fruit-Bearing)