February 19, 2017
"I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes." ...Ezekiel 36: 27
Late one summer I (Watchman Nee) stayed at a hill resort in the home of a mechanic and his wife, both of whom it was my joy to lead to a simple faith in the Saviour. When the time came for me to return to Shanghai, I left with them a Bible.
During the winter, the man was in the habit of taking alcohol with his meals, most times to excess. Soon, with the return of the cold weather, the wine reappeared on the table, and as had now become his custom, he bowed his head to give thanks for the meal. But today no words would come! After one or two vain attempts he turned to his wife. "What is wrong?" he asked. "Why cannot we pray today?" The wife took the Bible but turned the pages in vain, seeking light on the subject. They could find no explanation, and I was far away. "Just drink your wine," she said, but no. He knew he must give thanks - and could not. "Take it away," he exclaimed. "I can't". Only then, when she took the wine away, were they able to pray together and give thanks!
When eventually that man was able to visit Shanghai, he told me the story, using an expression familiar in Chinese. "Brother Nee," he said, "Resident Boss wouldn't let me have that drink!" "Very good," I replied. "Then you must always listen to Resident Boss!"
Today in the body of Jesus Christ as the real Church, how many of us have Christ as our "Resident Boss" within? I fear the number is so very small. Many have Christ as their Saviour, but few there are that have Christ as their Lord. Is Jesus your Resident Boss within, or are you?