Once we have found our strength in sitting down, then we have to begin to walk. Walking is the practical outworking of our Christianity as we deal with others. The Body of Christ is not something remote and unreal. It is very practical and present, finding the real test of our conduct in our relations with others.
Nothing has done greater damage to our Christian testimony that our trying to be right and demanding right of others. We have become preoccupied with what is and what is not right. The principle of the Cross is not of right or wrong but of God's grace. We are to forgive each other just as in Christ, God forgave us.
If we only try to do the right thing, surely we are very poor Christians. We have to do something more than what is right. The question is, "is it better to be right or be Christian?" These options are not always mutually exclusive but when they are, do we place our rights ahead of grace? Jesus did not die on the cross to defend our rights. It was GRACE that took Him to the cross.
So we sit with Christ so that we can walk continuously before humanity. Our conduct depends fundamentally upon our inward rest, our ability to sit with Christ. Ultimately, our walking is not based upon our efforts but upon God's mighty inward working.
Nothing is so hurtful to the life of a Christian as acting. Nothing is so blessed as when our outward efforts cease and our attitudes become natural -- when our words, our prayers, our very life, all become a spontaneous and unforced expression of the life within.
The whole principle of the Christian life is this: we need to go beyond what is right and focus on what is well-pleasing to God, understanding His will.
"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is."
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This post is adapted from the book, SIT, WALK, STAND by Watchman Nee.
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