That Moment When Most Christians Blow It — Lessons from Watchman Nee’s Classic “Sit, Walk, Stand” — The Path To Christian Maturity — Part One: SIT

Part One - SIT! (That Moment When Most Christians Blow It) A look at Watchman Nee's classic book, "Sit, Walk, Stand."

Part One – SIT!  ~ (That Moment When Most Christians Blow It)  ~ A look at Watchman Nee’s classic book: “Sit, Walk, Stand.”

 

“Now that I’ve trusted in Christ for my salvation, what do I need to do?”

That’s the moment when most Christians blow it. 

That seems fast, doesn’t it, but it doesn’t take us long — or at least it didn’t take me long.

If I’d read Watchman Nee’s book, Sit, Walk, Stand, when I first came to Christ, I might not have blown it so much. 

I’m positive I still would’ve blown it some because, even after knowing what to do, the actual doing of it, can be confusing at first. Certainly, my learning curve would’ve been shorter. 

If I’m confusing you, hang in there. It’ll make sense in the end.

Watchman Nee's classic "Sit, Walk, Stand"

Watchman Nee’s classic “Sit, Walk, Stand”

Watchman Nee’s Sit, Walk, Stand: The Process of Christian Maturity is a brilliant and thought-provoking book.

It  covers the three major themes in the book of Ephesians and answers the question, “Now that I’ve trusted in Christ for my salvation, what do I need to do?” 

This book has so impacted me, I wanted to share, over the next three posts, a look at these three main points as Watchman Nee explains them, as well as my own personal thoughts on these truths. 

Now, back to my original statement: 

The moment most Christians blow it is when they ask, “Now that I’ve trusted in Christ, what do I need to do?” 

Why?

We blow it because, from the beginning, we’re focused on what we must DO, when we need to be focused on what has already been DONE. 

“For Christianity begins not with a big DO, but with a big DONE.” (pg. 12)

It’s all of our trying and doing that knocks us off course and leads us to failure and discouragement. We need to first grasp the truth that everything has been done already. 

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,” (Ephesians 1:3)

God “has blessed us,” as in past tense — not present or future, but past.

God has already given us everything we need — every spiritual blessing in Christ.

As Christ said in John 19:30, “It is finished.”

If we don’t understand that, we’ll jump up from our seated position with Christ in the heavenly places and rush off to do and become, but we’ll fail and not understand why.

“Christianity does not begin with walking; it begins with sitting.” (pg. 11)

And thus, we come to the first theme that Watchman Nee points out:

SIT

Part One - Sit Chapter“The God of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . raised Him from the dead, and made Him to sit at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come. . .” (Ephesians 1:17-21)

“And raised us up with Him, and made us to sit with Him in the heavenly place, in Christ Jesus: . . . For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, that no man should glory.” (Ephesians 2:6-9)

From the very beginning, God has been teaching us to sit before we walk. 

When God created the world, He created the whole world before He created man. 

What was left for man to do to help God complete creation? 

Nothing. 

God gave him the task to name the animals, but Adam had no part in creating the animals. 

Adam, created on the 6th day, lived his first full day on the 7th — the day God had appointed for rest. 

“Whereas God worked six days and then enjoyed His sabbath rest, Adam began his life with the sabbath; for God works before He rests, while man must first enter into God’s rest, and then alone can he work.” (pg. 13)

What about Eve?

What part did Adam have in creating Eve? 

None. 

He slept through the whole thing. 

God put Adam into a deep sleep, and when Adam awoke, there she was, ready to receive and enjoy the world God created.

From the very beginning, God taught us to sit before we walk. 

We see it in our salvation even.

Ephesians 2:8-9 teaches we’re saved by God’s grace through faith — not by our works. 

We didn’t do anything to earn our salvation. We merely believed and received what Christ completed on the cross to save us from our sin. 

To try and add anything to what Christ did is foolish.

It’s not “Christ + good works” or “Christ + baptism.”

It’s not “Christ + anything else.”

It’s Christ alone.

As we began, we must continue.

“The Christian life from start to finish is based upon this principle of utter dependence upon the Lord Jesus.” (Pg. 12)

Think about what it really means to sit down. 

“When we walk or stand, we bear on our legs all the weight of our own body, but when we sit down, our entire weight rests upon the chair or couch on which we sit.” (pg. 13)

So how does this concept of “sitting” translate into the spiritual realm?  

“So also in the spiritual realm, to sit down is simply to rest our whole weight — our load, ourselves, our future, everything—upon the Lord. We let Him bear the responsibility and cease to carry it ourselves.” (Pg. 13)

A friend of our family, Peter Axelson, found himself in 1975 plunging off the side of a mountain in a climbing accident. He’s lived every day since his recovery in a wheelchair as a paraplegic. 

If Peter tried to bear the weight of his body and rejected a chair of any sort, he’d exhaust himself trying to do for himself. 

However, as Peter has rested the weight of his body in his wheelchair, he’s moved forward in life and accomplished more than some even dream of ever accomplishing. 

Whether he’s in his wheelchair at the desk of his highly successful firm Beneficial Designs, swooshing down the slopes on his sit-ski that he designed (and on which he won many ski championships), or behind the wheel of his pilot’s seat on his private plane, Peter has learned the secret to walking by first sitting

Tragically, others who’ve suffered a similar accident have never embraced that they must sit, and thus never enjoy an attitude of rest. Instead, they battle against their condition and live embittered lives, feeling like they’re now only “half a man.” They spend their lives merely existing, never satisfied.

This, too, is the fate of many Christians.

They strive to live the Christian life, only to fail time and again.

They don’t understand why they’re continually discouraged while others seem to flourish.

(We’ve all met grumpy Christians. We’ve probably been one, too.)

They feel God has cheated them, or, perhaps, that they’re just not “that kind of Christian” — the kind that will ever get to live a full, happy life.

(I’ve had more than one person say this to me, until they learned this truth.)

Their problem isn’t God or Christianity.

It’s that they never learned to sit before they tried to walk.

“There is no limit to the grace God is willing to bestow upon us. He will give us everything, but we can receive none of it except as we rest in Him.

‘Sitting’ is an attitude of rest.

Something has been finished, work stops, and we sit. It is paradoxical, but true, that we only advance in the Christian life as we learn first of all to sit down.” (pgs. 12-13)

“It is paradoxical, but true, that we only advance in the Christian life as we learn first of all to sit down.” (Tweet This)

God wants to do for us and give to us. He wants us to depend on Him for everything.

“His offer to us cannot, I think, be better expressed than in the words of the invitation to the great banquet:

Come, for all things are now ready.’ [Luke 14:17] 

Our Christian life begins with the discovery of what God has provided.” (Pg. 15) 

Perhaps we’re ready to accept that Christ has already given us everything we need to live a godly life (2 Peter 1:3), but even here, most of us are prone to say, “Thanks, God, for all You’ve given me. I’ll take it from here.”

We can’t imagine that God wants to continue doing everything for us — that He must do everything for us.

It seems almost rude to us to allow Him to continue doing all, while we continue to take and take from Him.

It may even threaten our self-esteem to be so needy.

We can help God, we think.

We should help God, we think.

Ephesians 3:20 begs to differ. 

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us”

According to our power?

No.

According to God’s power at work within us, not with us.

Not alongside us, but within us.

It’s God’s power — His Spirit — working in us that causes the unimaginable to happen. 

Think about this:

What did you do to receive the Holy Spirit?

Nothing.

“Because Jesus died on the cross, my sins are forgiven; because He is exalted to the throne, I am endued with power from on high. The one gift is no more dependent than the other upon what I am or what I do.” (Pg. 15)

Do you see the continued pattern?

“I did not merit forgiveness, and neither do I merit the gift of the Spirit. I receive everything not by walking, but by sitting down; not by doing, but by resting in the Lord.” (pg. 15)

Perhaps you can see how that works when life is smooth, but what does this look like when the bills are piling up and life is unraveling?

By remembering:

“We were not born with Christ, but we were crucified with Him (Galatians 2:20).” (pg. 17)

Think about what this means. We were “with Christ” on the cross because we were “in Him.” 

Watchman Nee compares this to taking a dollar bill and placing it inside a magazine.

If you burned the magazine, what happened to the dollar?

Everything that happened to the magazine, because the dollar was in the magazine. 

“Our union with Him [Christ] began therefore with His death. God included us in Him there. We were “with Him” because we were “in Him.” (I Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 1:21) (pg. 17)

God placed us in Christ, and thus, whatever happened to Christ, happened to us.

This is very important and exciting.

“We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.” Romans 6:6

That truth removes the struggle from us. 

“Our deliverance from sin is based not on what we can do, nor even on what God is going to do for us, but on what He has already done for us in Christ. When that fact dawns upon us, and we rest back upon it (Romans 6:11), then we have found the secret of a holy life.” (Pg. 18)

Yes, Watchman Nee is saying that a life of struggle doesn’t have to be our destiny.

We won’t stop being human, nor did our old sin nature that demands to have its way disappear, so the temptation to worry, become angry, be prideful, etc. will rise. (Paul discusses this thoroughly in Romans 6-8).

Being tempted isn’t our problem, though. Acting on the temptation is.

But there is hope — and not just hope, but assurance — through Christ and in Christ.

We rest back upon the truth that we’ve already been fully delivered from the power of sin over us because Christ defeated sin and death on the cross.

Because we were crucified with Him and His Spirit lives in us, we have the same power at work in us.

We merely need to remain seated and let Christ live His life through us while we rest in our position seated in Him.

It’s like He’s our bodyguard. When we face a struggle, His Spirit, who lives in us, rises to act. Don’t get in His way.

Watchman Nee shows how this looks practically.

A friend said to him that he struggled to forgive someone. No matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t.

Surely we all can relate to that. 

We try, but we can’t forgive this person.

We try, but we can’t love them.

Of course, we can’t.

That’s not what we’re called to do.

We’re called to let Christ forgive them and love them through us.

We can’t, but He can, and He has.

Out of Christ’s perfect love, He’s already forgiven that person. He already settled that issue on the cross.

EVERYTHING has already been settled on the cross.

Not everything has been set right (Satan still roams), but it’s been settled (Satan has no power over the Christian than what the Christian gives him.)

“If I forgive that person, they’ll get away with the horrible thing they’ve done!” we say. “That’s not fair!”

We say we just want justice, but as my wise friend, Billie Jo, said, “No we don’t. Not really.” 

Justice demands we pay the penalty for our own sin. Oops!

We don’t want justice — we want revenge.

We must let their offense go already because it’s already been settled on the cross.

I know you can’t, but remember: He can, and He has.

Give up trying to forgive and love.

Instead, rest in Christ, who will do it.

If you’re not experiencing this reality in your life, it’s most likely because you haven’t stopped trying. 

As Watchman Nee explained it to his friend: 

“God is waiting till you cease to do,” I said. “When you cease doing, then God will begin.” (Pg. 20)

He then compared his friend to a drowning man.

You can’t save a drowning man until he stops struggling, otherwise he’ll drag you down with him. 

“God is waiting for your store of strength to be utterly exhausted before He can deliver you. Once you have ceased to struggle, He will do everything. God is waiting for you to despair.” (pg. 20)

You can’t create love or forgiveness, but you can let Christ’s love and forgiveness flow through you.

When you’re ready to stop fighting and start allowing Christ to lavish His love, forgiveness, and power in you, you’ll find that you don’t have to conjure up feelings of love and forgiveness. They’ll naturally flow out of the generous abundance Christ wants pour into you. 

God shows us this truth in the Parable of the Prodigal Son.
(Luke 15:11-32)

Notice that when the younger son returned to his father, having wasted all his inheritance on wild living, the father didn’t question him about where he’d been or where the money had gone. 

“He did not sorrow over all that was spent; he only rejoiced over the opportunity the son’s return afforded him for spending more.” (pg. 20-21)

What an incredible thought!

“God is so wealthy that His chief delight is to give . . . It is a grief to the heart of God when we try to provide things for Him . . . when we try to do things for Him.” (Pg. 21)

The older son couldn’t be happy at his brother’s return because his heart had never found rest in his father’s love.

He’d spent his whole life trying to be the giver, doing good works for his father to earn his father’s favor, instead of resting in and enjoying his father’s love all those years.

If he’d realized that his brother’s return didn’t diminish his wealth or his father’s love for him one iota, he may have happily joined in on the celebration.

“What about me?!” was his heart’s cry.

If only he’d seen that his father had already given him everything he needed and longed to lavish even more on him.

What was he really missing?

Nothing, but a restful heart, content in his father’s love.

“. . . stop ‘giving,’ and you will prove what a Giver God is! Stop ‘working,’ and you will discover what a Worker He is! The younger son was all wrong, but he came home, and he found rest — and that is where Christian life begins.” (Pg. 22)

So are we never to do anything ever? 

“It cannot be too strongly emphasized that all true spiritual experience begins from rest. But it does not end there.

Though the Christian life begins with sitting, sitting is always followed by walking.” (pg. 23)

We’ll look at that important step next.

Click the photo to view Part Two: Walk:

The Starting Point for How Christians Are To Walk (Lessons from Watchman Nee's Classic "Sit, Walk, Stand") Part 2 ~ WALK

The Starting Point for How Christians Are To Walk (Lessons from Watchman Nee’s Classic “Sit, Walk, Stand”) Part 2 ~ WALK

 

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Have you, like me, gotten it backwards and tried to walk before having sat?

Have you tried to do for God instead of simply receiving and enjoying what He’s already done for you?

What has God taught you about sitting that may help the rest of us better understand this paradoxical truth?  

Leave a comment, and let’s get a conversation going. 

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Watchman Nee (1903 – 1972) started over 200 churches in China between 1923 and 1950. No doubt he would have started more if he hadn’t been arrested for his faith and imprisoned until his death in 1972. 

His imprisonment didn’t stop his ministry, however. In fact, over 50 books in English alone came out of his ministry years in prison. 

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In Case You’re Wondering What This Christian Believes

When you've got the Good News, you want to share it with anyone who'll listen! (I Peter 3:15)

When you’ve got the Good News, you want to share it with anyone who’ll listen! (I Peter 3:15)

 

In case you’re wondering what this Christian believes: (I hope you’ve got a cup of coffee. I believe a lot.)

  • I believe in the One true God, who exists eternally in God the Father, God the Son Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit. He is the all-knowing and all-powerful Creator of the universe. He is always perfectly good, kind, loving, merciful, forgiving, wise, just and holy. (Genesis 1:1, Isaiah 43:10, John 4:24, Psalms 90:2, Matthew 19:26, I John 3:20, Matthew 28:19, Isaiah 22:3, Romans 11:33, Jeremiah 23:23 and 32:17, Psalms 25:8, 86:5, and 99:9, James 5:11)

  • I believe the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God and is without error in its original writings. It is the complete revelation of God’s will and the final authority in all matters of Christian faith and life. Not everything I write, however, is without error. I ask for grace and the opportunity to make corrections as needed. (II Peter 1:21, II Timothy 3:15-17, Colossians 3:16)
  • I believe that God created man in His image. Man was tempted by Satan and fell into sin, bringing sin into all the world. Since then, every man has been born with sin in his heart. Because the penalty for sin is death, man is in desperate need of a Savior, completely unable to save himself. Unless God seeks after man, man will not seek after Him. A heart that shows any interest in spiritual things is a heart that is being drawn by God, but man must respond. Man has the freedom to choose to trust in Christ or to reject Him.(Genesis 1:26-27 and 3:1-6, Jeremiah 17:9; Ephesians 2:12; Romans 3:10, 5:12 and 6:23, Isaiah 53:6, John 3:3, 16-18)
  • I believe that Jesus Christ, who is the one and only Son of God, came down from heaven, is the only way to salvation, and is coming again. When Jesus came down from heaven, He remained fully God, but He also became fully man, as He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, taking on the form of a man. He lived a sinless life and died on the cross, as the final and perfect sacrifice to pay for the sin of the world. He was buried and rose again on the third day, defeating sin and death. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father, continually interceding for believers in heaven. One day He will come again to judge sin, usher in His Kingdom, and establish the new heaven and the new earth. (Matthew 1:23, John 1:14, I Peter 3:18, I Corinthians 15:3-4, 55; II Timothy 2:8, Acts 1:9, Hebrews 7:25 and 8:1, I Thessalonians 4:16-17, Revelation 19, 20:12-15 and 21:1, Mark 13:26, Philippians 2:10-11)
  • I believe that all who call on the name of Jesus Christ, trusting only in His finished work on the cross for their salvation from the penalty of their sin, are immediately saved. Salvation is through Christ alone, not Christ plus something else. It’s not Christ plus good works or Christ plus baptism. All who trust in Christ become children of God and co-heirs with Christ. (Mark 1:15, John 1:12-13, 6:40 and 17:6-8, Romans 5:8-10, 8:16-17 and 10:9-13, II Corinthians 5:21, 2 Peter 3:9)
  • I believe that the Holy Spirit indwells all believers at the moment of salvation. The Holy Spirit’s ministry is to glorify Jesus Christ, convict man of sin, draw him to Jesus, and empower the believer to live the Christian life continually overflowing with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The Holy Spirit guides, instructs and comforts believers. (John 14:15-26, 15:26 and 16:7-14, Titus 3:5, Romans 8:9,14, Ephesians 3:16, 20, I Corinthians 3:16, Galatians 5:22-23, I John 2:27 and 4:12.)
  • I believe every believer is called to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him. Salvation doesn’t guarantee the believer will live a perfect life, but there should be convincing evidence through the believer’s humble repentance of sin, as well as a sincere dedication and obedience to the Word of God. All believers are called to share the gospel, make disciples, and spend time daily in private study of the Bible and prayer. Believers should not live in bondage to a list of “do’s” and “don’ts,” but rather obedience should flow naturally out of a grateful heart for the grace, mercy, and love they’ve received from Jesus Christ. This same love and grace should be continually passed on to others, knowing that one day we will all stand before God and be judged. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-15; 1 Peter 3:15, Joshua 1:8, John 14:15, 2 John 1:6, Colossians 1:10 and 4:2, Ephesians 4:1, I Thessalonians 5:17 and 2:12, Revelation 14:4-5, Hebrews 9:27, I Corinthians 3:10-15)
  • I believe water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are demonstrations of faith and obedience. Neither are necessary for salvation, but rather, they flow out of a heart of gratitude for the salvation the believer has already received by faith and a desire to obey the Lord. He has commanded that His followers baptize those who believe and regularly participate in the Lord’s Supper. (Luke 22:19, I Corinthians 11:23-26, Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:3-4, Ephesians 2:8-9)
  • I believe that the church is not a building but the full family of God, the Body of Christ. All who have trusted by faith in Jesus Christ for their salvation are the church, of which Christ is the Head. (I Corinthians 12:13 & 27, Acts 2:47, Ephesians 1:22-23)
  • I believe in the existence of Satan, who is the sworn enemy of God. Satan’s intentions are only to kill, steal and destroy. He is a liar, slanderer, and tempter. He masquerades as an “angel of light.” He is powerful, but he is powerless before God. God has given Satan temporary freedom to roam the earth as the “ruler of darkness,” but only to fulfill God’s good purposes and glorify Himself as He continually triumphs over Satan. God will one day do away with Satan and his demons forever, but until that time God limits Satan’s activity. (Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 4:15, John 12:31, I Peter 5:8; Acts 10:38 and 26:18; Luke 22:3-4; 2 Corinthians 4:4-6 and 11:14-15, Ephesians 6:12, 2 Timothy 2:26; Revelation 2:10, 12:7-12 and 20:3,10; John 10:10; Colossians 2:15; I Corinthians 15:55-57, Job 1:12)
  • I believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead. All those who have trusted in Christ for salvation will spend eternity in His presence in heaven. All those who have rejected Christ as their Savior and have chosen not to accept Christ’s payment for their sin on the cross will spend eternity separated from God. (I Thessalonians 4:16-17, John 5:28, Revelation 20:12-15; Matthew 25:41, Jude 1:6)

 

PS — In case you’re also wondering what I believe about the picture at the top: No, I don’t believe that you can lead a cow — or any other animal — to salvation. I do believe, however, that a good sense of humor can lead to a good laugh. 




The End From the Beginning

Click to read: The End From the Beginning ~ In the beginning God gives us the end . . . Redemption in Jesus Christ!

The End From the Beginning ~ In the beginning God gives us the end . . . Redemption in Jesus Christ!


How clever is our God?!

We don’t even get past the first few words of the first sentence before God gives us a clue to the end of the Bible.

Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning…” 

To recognize the clue, though, we have to jump forward to the first few words of the first sentence in the Gospel of John in the New Testament. 

In the beginning was the Word -- Jesus Christ (John 1:1)

In the beginning was the Word — Jesus Christ.

John 1:1—“In the beginning…”

The purpose of Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 is not only to record the history of the beginning, but also to point us to Christ.

“In the beginning,” God gives us the end. (Isaiah 46:9-11)

What is the end?

Redemption!

I believe it’s why God gave us the Bible. God wants us to know Him, but we can’t know Him until we’re restored to Him. We can’t be restored to Him apart from His Son, Jesus Christ. (John 14:6

Through Christ alone, all things are redeemed and restored to God. (Colossians 1:15-20)

Thus, everything starts and ends with Christ

Everything.

Not even our personal testimony starts with us!

My testimony isn’t, “When I was in junior high, this happened . . . and then I gave my life to Christ.”

Instead, my testimony is, “God began to work in my heart when I was in junior high when
. . . and then Christ saved me.”

In the first testimony, I’m the central figure.

In the second, Christ is.

I didn’t reach out to Christ. He reached out to me, and I responded.

I didn’t draw Christ to myself. He drew me to Himself, and I responded.

I didn’t save myself. Christ saved me.

Christ gives us life abundant. (John 10:10

So, why does it matter that we understand that the Bible starts with Christ?

The more we understand why something matters, the more the truth moves from our head to our heart.

The truth moves from knowledge to experience, and becomes a part of us.

There’s no better place for God’s truth to be than as a part of us. It’s the best part of us!

BrittanysLeftEye3If
we wake up in the morning
and put our eyes on Jesus before
we put our feet on the floor,
we’ll see life as it should be seen

“…so that He [Christ] Himself will come to have first place in everything. (Colossians 1:18)  

What we might be tempted to view as a hopeless situation, we’ll now see as part of God’s good plan in our lives. 

God’s plans always end with Him receiving glory, and that always blesses us.

What we might be tempted to view as a hopeless situation, we’ll now see as it really is — part of God’s good plan in our lives. God’s plans always end with Him receiving glory — and that blesses us.

We can’t see the end from the beginning, but because God does, we can live as though we do.

Click to read: The End From the Beginning ~ In the beginning God gives us the end . . . Redemption in Jesus Christ!

From beginning to end, it’s always been about Christ, and that’s why “In the beginning” God gives us the end — Redemption in Jesus Christ!

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,
the First and the Last,
the Beginning 
and the End.”
Revelation 22:13


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The Angel in the Devil

In the most powerful fiction novels, the heroes aren’t perfect. There’s a bit of the devil in them. Likewise, there’s a bit of angel in the villains. Don’t get me wrong, there’s no angel in Satan whatsoever.

I’m not talking about him. There’s only pure evil in him. 

I’m not talking about Jesus either. There’s only pure good in Him.

I’m talking about man. Because we were created in the image of God, even the worst can hold redeeming qualities, but because apart from God there is no good in any of us, there’s also a touch of devil in even the best of us.

These thoughts came to me when we went to the theater.

Wicked

We went to Wicked, to be exact.

In case you’re unfamiliar with Wicked, it’s the prequel to The Wizard of Oz. It answers the question of what happened in the life of the Wicked Witch of the West to bring her to such an evil place in life.

The story was so brilliant, I’m not going to risk ruining it for anyone by even touching on the story other than to say it reminded me that you don’t always know what has happened in someone’s life to bring them to where they are now. We need to consider that if we’d lived the same life they had, we’d most likely have their same struggles…the struggles we may be condemning.

We all need grace. We all need saving.

Jesus knew this. He saw past the exterior of people and into their hearts. He looked for the angel in people and touched that part of them, causing a thieving tax collector to desire to repay more than he’d stolen.

He also saw the devil in those who played the part of being good but whose hearts were actually dark, like the pious Pharisees who condemned Jesus for healing the sick on the Sabbath.

The play Wicked will forever make me see The Wizard of Oz in a new light…an even better light. And the more I see of Jesus, and through His eyes, the more I see everyone in a new light…a more gracious light.

I’m forever grateful for Jesus’ grace that saves us from the devil that is in each of us through faith in Him. Will the angel in you move you to turn to Jesus, or will the devil in you keep you away. 

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That’s just my thought for today and a little bit of What I Learned on My Summer Vacation.