One of the deepest questions people must ask themselves is, “Who am I?” Based on how they answer that question, they choose careers, friends, spouses, and make a multitude of other decisions.While we all have our own personalities, tastes, and preferences, Christians are called to add another dimension to the mix. Our ultimate goal is to be like Jesus. 1 John 3:2 reads, “But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” In the meantime, we must grow in Christ; and like all growth, it is a process.
Many years ago, a friend gave me a short but powerful book entitled Sit, Walk, Stand by Watchman Nee. This clearly written book, based on several verses in Ephesians, clearly explained the process. If we allow Him, God will bring us through three stages of growth.
He seats us.
Ephesians 2:6--“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.”
This is the period of learning for us. We learn the essence of what God pulled us out of and what He has elevated us to. We essentially learn what that elevation actually means. We learn more about who Jesus Christ is and the sacrifice that He has made on our behalf. We begin to understand the resurrection and the power that believers inherit as a result of their relationship with God. This sitting is a time for learning, prayer, and study. We learn about this amazing life that we have been called into living.
God commands us to walk worthy.
Ephesians 4:1--“. . . walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.”
Once we sat and understood exactly what we were called into, then it’s time to walk. Once we have been called to faith, how then do we live? Frances Schaeffer asked that question in his book. Living the Christian life is a series of choices. Saying yes and saying no. How do we behave ourselves? How will we walk and talk? How will our conduct reflect our conversion? This is the work part of the faith.
Prepare to stand against opposition.
Ephesians 6:11--“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
Christians have been drafted into a war against an unseen enemy. We sat and we have walked in the faith; and because of that, we have acquired an enemy that wants to destroy us. Our only protection is the armor God has provided. It will take our entire artillery of truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation and the word of God to fight the enemy. My take is that the Christian life is a constant cycle of sitting, walking, and standing.
We learn something new about ourselves and God each time go through the stages, and we become more like Christ Himself in the process.
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