When it comes to the Christian life, there are many different approaches as to what makes an effective believer. Does it come down to faith, reading your Bible, or right choices? Is it what we know or Who we know? There are so many questions. In early 20th century China, Watchman Nee began studying and teaching the Word of God. As he ministered, he became convinced that the purpose of his writing and teaching was to assist the person who is working for God and striving to become a useful vessel for the Lord’s work.
Sensing the importance of one’s inner character in the work of God, Watchman Nee gave a series of messages on the topic in 1948. This was later published as the book, The Character of God’s Workman. Nee’s talks centered on key traits in the effective worker. They include being able to listen, loving all mankind and having a mind to suffer. He believed one needed to discipline the body, be diligent and not slothful and restrained in speech. One should be stable, not subjective and also have a right attitude toward money. In all things, he taught the importance of being in tune with the Holy Spirit and discerning what the Lord wants in any given situation.
Overall, I felt challenged to examine my own life in light of Nee’s suggestions. There is nothing simple or easy about building character or changing poor habits, but it is a most worthwhile endeavor. This book is offered in written and audio format. I listened to the audio version. Given that the information was originally a series of messages, it did sound more like a series of sermons than a book. I personally found it to be a bit wordy and repetitive. So, I would recommend the print form over the audio which enables you to follow each key point and skim read if wordiness bothers you. Additionally some of the material seems more subjective. Nee’s points sound good, but he doesn’t always give Scripture to back his ideas. All in all, this is a worthwhile read with challenging content for both the new and established believer.
Sarah McCubbin is a homeschooling and foster mom in NE Ohio where she resides with her husband and 7 children. In addition to reading great books, she enjoys gardening, traveling and blogging at Living Unboxed.
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