Messenger of the Cross
How do you become a messenger of the cross?
In the counsel of God's will, the cross occupies a central place. This is because only through the cross can God's eternal purpose concerning His Son as well as His church be realized. "I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified," declared the apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 2:2). Christ came to us by way of the cross, and only by this same way do we know Him. Unless the cross is accepted by us both objectively in terms of the finished work of Christ at Calvary and subjectively in terms of the dealing of the Holy Spirit in us, we have no message to deliver to the world and we are not fit to be its messengers.
"In recent years, many seem to have become tired of hearing the message of the cross; yet we thank and praise God our Father, for He has reserved for His great name's sake quite a few faithful who have not bent their knees to Baal. We feel, however, that all servants of God should know why, though they faithfully proclaim the cross, they have so little result. Why is it that people hear the truthful word of God and yet their lives evidence so little change? We believe this matter should receive our greatest attention. We as workers of the Lord ought to know why the gospel we preach fails to gain people."
Watchman Nee, The Messenger of the Cross
In The Messenger of the Cross, Watchman Nee shows us that at the source of all spiritual things stands the cross. In order that Christ may be all and in all, there is no effective means save the cross. May God raise up many such messengers today!