The Normal Christian Life—Discovered

“I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” – Galatians 2:20

Tony was twenty years old when he found a copy of The Normal Christian Life in a bookstore. Though he had received the Lord Jesus during his junior high school years, he had not had much experience of the Christian life afterwards. But in college Tony began to have a desire to understand the matter of his salvation, and he also had many questions about the purpose of his human existence.

When he opened The Normal Christian Life to the first page, he read something he would never forget:

“What is the normal Christian life?”

This simple question resonated with him, stirring something up inside. And what he read next hit him like a light from heaven:

“The object of these studies is to show that it is something very different from the life of the average Christian. Indeed a consideration of the written Word of God—of the sermon on the mount for example—should lead us to ask whether such a life has ever, in fact, been lived upon the earth, save only by the Son of God himself. But in that last saving clause lies immediately the answer to our question.”

These few words changed Tony’s life. He realized that the normal, healthy Christian life was simply to allow Christ to live in him, and he was filled with overwhelming joy.

During the years that followed, Tony read this book again and again, as well as many others by Watchman Nee and his co-worker, Witness Lee. As Tony’s Christian experience progressed and deepened, he continued to find light in the book. It unfailingly pointed him to Christ as the only One who can live the normal Christian life in every stage of his Christian life.

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