The final chapter of this book, which was skillfully woven together from a number of separate messages given by Watchman Nee in his ministry, deals specifically with the "field of finance" in the world, and how Christians must deal with that to defeat Satan's purposes in the world system. Here are some of Nee's points from this chapter.
1. Nee starts this chapter with a sort of apology, that he does not minimize the important of winning souls to Jesus Christ, and that soul-winning should be the main goal when our focus is on man. But in this book the focus is on the world, so he looks now instead on how we can rob Satan of his spoils and dominion through the "field of finance."
2. The author makes his case that money always is opposed to God, that the basic character of money is unrighteous and evil, citing Jesus' term of "unrighteous mammon" in Luke 16:9. That's why there's a choice of service to only one master: God or money. "Mammon is always set over against God," and ready to lead us astray.
3. "The essence of the world is money." In touching money, one always touches the world. How do we handle money and not belong to the world? Nee answers by giving the example of the widow giving her two mites, which won Jesus' approval. She gave her whole life in her two coins. To be useful to God, money must be severed from all of its connections to the world. In the Old Testament, material goods to be sacrificed to God were destroyed by killing and/or burning. So money for God must be destroyed to the world. Like the widow's mites, our money must be devoted to God with our lives. Nee states, "You cannot keep your self back and contribute anything significant to God. You cannot send your money out of the world at all; you can only bring it out of the world!"
4. Transfer of money from the world to God is very difficult, and requires work. Nee states that such a transfer is more difficult than winning souls. The latter is accomplished by God's grace, independent of our degree of devotion to Him. But the money transfer can only be done by our "utter devotion" of our lives to God. Can we honestly say that none of our money exists in Satan's accounts? That none of it belongs to the world?
5. In a like manner, the Old Testament Hebrews devoted money to God, as defined by the Law, by giving it into God's sanctuary. That was a finite amount of money that was God's, and could be calculated and counted in the tabernacle and, later, the temple. Nee then states that God has a limited amount of money in His treasury but that Satan has unlimited funds. The basis for that statement is not that God is all-powerful and owns everything, which Nee acknowledges, but that the only money God has for use is that of people wholly devoted to Him.
6. Then Nee asks another question: does the money we touch represent money devoted and given to God's sanctuary, or is it the "mammon of unrighteousness"? Money received by believers must be immediately converted to money of the sanctuary. Money can thusly destroy or protect us. It can have great value to God if we bring it with our hearts and souls out of the world. God may then allow us to bring many precious things out of the world, just as the Israelites brought many precious things out of Egypt (many of which ended up in God's tabernacle).
7. The author gives the New Testament key to "finance" - hold nothing of your finances to yourself, citing Jesus' instruction: "Give and it will be given to you, . . ." (Luke 6:38). The New Testament never says, "Save and be rich." Nee states, "The principle of divine increase is giving, not storage." God desires that.
8. Nee finishes by giving an informal summary of this book. We spoil Satan' dominion of the world by personal dedication to God and Christ. To be redeemed from the world we must offer ourselves utterly to God. No matter who we are, what we do, or what we have, all of us are the same; we must be dedicated to God and make Him the center of our lives. The last paragraph of this chapter and the book says it all: " 'Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.' You have an anointing from the Holy One; live by it! Give yourself to God; live for Him wholly and utterly; see to it that, [for] you personally . . ., the things of this world are scored off Satan's books and transferred to God's account. For 'the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God abides forever.' "
11/29/2013 09:08:51 am
This ends our posting on Love Not The World, as we have completed our study of this challenging book. I thank anyone who has followed this study along, and I would encourage anyone who has not read this powerful little book to read it now.
12/21/2019 08:28:40 pm
I read this and other decades ago, and more often than most, the last 30 to 44 years. I'm still looking, every day, for anyone/ everyone else who is Ekklesia, one with the widow who gave all, living the life of Christ Jesus.
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Watchman Nee became a Christian in mainland China in 1920 at the age of seventeen and began writing in the same year. Throughout the nearly thirty years of his ministry, Watchman Nee was clearly manifested as a unique gift from the Lord to His Body for His move in this age. In 1952 he was imprisoned for his faith; he remained in prison until his death in 1972. His words remain an abundant source of spiritual revelation and supply to Christians throughout the world.
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