Sit, Walk, Stand (Mar-Apr 2002)

By Matt Dabbs

By Greg Taylor
March-April 2002

Chinese theologian Watchman Nee summarizes Paul’s letter to the Ephesians with three words: sit, walk, stand. The progression of this letter takes shape in three exercises for the Christian.

1.      Sit. When one of my children sits on my knee, I am very proud and honored. People say of my son, Jacob, “Like father like son! You sure do look alike.” Sitting helps us develop identity, and it brings honor to the father. God has honored us by allowing us to be seated with Jesus. Only by sitting in His presence and understanding his grace can we gain strength to rise up and walk (Eph 2:6-7).

2.      Walk. Paul urges the Ephesians to live worthy of the grace by which they have been saved. Their walk, therefore, should match the calling they received (Eph 4:1).

3.      Stand. Finally, Paul urges the Ephesians to be strong in God’s mighty power, to put on the protective armor of God so that they might stand against Satan’s temptation (Eph 6:10-11).

Sit. Walk. Stand. Do you need to sit and contemplate God’s grace today? Or maybe you need to get in step with his calling. Or perhaps you need courage to stand against Satan’s schemes. The power in us to sit, walk, and stand is the same power that raised Jesus from the tomb.


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Matt is the preaching minister at the Auburn Church of Christ in Auburn, Alabama. He and Missy have been married 12 years and are raising two wonderful boys, Jonah and Elijah. Matt is passionate about reaching and discipling young adults, small groups, and teaching. Matt is currently the editor and co-owner of


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