"Only those who sit can stand. Our power for standing, as for walking, lies in our having first been made to sit together with Christ."
An inspiring look at Ephesians, Watchman Nee opens our eyes to the process of Christian living and maturity in three words. Breaking down Ephesians into three parts, the reader of Nee's Sit, Walk, Stand learns to "Sit" with Christ, "Walk" out Christ's life in the world, and "Stand" firm against the Enemy.
"Most Christians make the mistake of trying to walk in order to be able to sit, but that is a reversal of the true order. Our natural reason says, 'If we do not walk, how can we ever reach the goal? What can we attain without effort? How can we ever get anywhere if we do not move?' But Christianity is a queer business! If at the outset we try to do anything, we get nothing; if we seek to attain something, we miss everything. For Christianity begins not with a big DO, but with a big DONE. Thus Ephesians opens with the statement that God hs 'blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ' (1:3) and we are invited at the very outset to sit down and enjoy what God has done for us; not to set out to try and attain it for ourselves."
Watchman Nee, Sit, Walk, Stand
Sit, Walk, Stand: A Valuable Tool for the Growing Disciple
Watchman Nee (1903–1972) was a noted Chinese Bible teacher and Christian leader. He began his preaching ministry while still a university student. From 1923 to 1950 Nee founded 200 churches. Starting as small groups meeting in rented houses, these self-supporting congregations became strong spiritually and grew rapidly, continuing to develop after China's Cultural Revolution. Nee was arrested on false charges in 1952 and declared guilty; he was imprisoned until his death in 1972.