Sit Walk and Stand was the theme of this last year’s Bible conferences all over the country. The lessons were inspired by a Christian writer named Watchman Nee. Conferences are a really great time to be with other believers and listen face to face from our Pastor Teacher since so many of us listen through the internet. It’s also a time where we get to focus for a brief time on a single subject apart from our regular lessons. We weren’t studying Watchman Nee specifically but our lessons were inspired by the subject of Sitting, Walking and Standing as it relates to the Christian way of life.
I love my “Sit”. I love to go to Bible class. I love to learn the Word of God. I just want to learn more and more. There is more to the Christian “Sit” than that but I’m just going to touch on intake. Everything about the spiritual life begins with the intake of God’s word and a right thing must be done in a right way. God has give the Pastor Teacher a special gift for digging into the Bible and extracting the truth in such a way that it can be clearly taught and then easily absorbed by the believer. By all means we can pick up a Bible and learn for ourselves but I believe without a doubt, after years of doing that exact thing that I was crippled in my ability to gain a full understanding without the gift of the Pastor Teacher. Though I went to church, I did not believe that I needed any man to teach me. Plus how was I going to be able to avoid being deceived by a false teacher if I didn’t learn it all for myself. I didn’t know at the time about my own sick head and deceitful heart. When I was first approached with this idea of a “right” Pastor Teacher. I balked. I struggled. I got mad. I wasn’t going to trust some man to have the truth that I did not. I was new to Bible Doctrine teaching at the time and the doors of my soul were flying open with what I was learning. It was like I had been dying of thirst and I didn’t know it or starving to be more precise. I was being fed and based on that and a lot of questions, my friend Karen was able to talk me down from my mistrust of a Pastor Teacher. I trusted that the Lord would show me if it was really Biblical or not and He did. Sometime later, I realized that I had been saying to the Pastor Teacher “I have no need of you” as per 1Corinthians 12:18-21. The gift the Pastor Teacher has to gain insight into the word of God is a gift from God the Holy Spirit to the body of Christ, the Church, made up of believers. God the Holy Spirit uses the Pastor Teacher’s gift to give the fullest understanding of the word to those he is assigned to teach. If you cut yourself off from the gift of Pastor Teacher or go seeking a teacher of your own desire, you are now limited. You have excluded yourself from the insight the Holy Spirit has given to the Pastor Teacher you have been assigned to. So you try and fill that void with your own human IQ and study alone. Subsequently your own gift becomes inoperable because it is tied into a full understanding of what the Spirit is teaching. Sure, you may do many “good” works but they will be your own and not from God. Not the ones He has prepared for you. You will become frustrated, weak and weary.
It is not hard to sit and listen daily. It is not hard to rebound (1John1:9) and have the Holy Spirit in charge of your thinking and filling your soul with doctrine. The “Sit” is restful. The sit takes humility to sit under a prepared teacher and receive. It takes concentration and then sometimes it takes a little effort to check out what the Pastor has said. It’s not a blind following of the teacher. My teacher is very good and lays all the information out so that you can go and make sure it is backed up by scripture and the original languages. I very rarely have a question anymore because the teaching is very clear to me.
I think that is all I have to say for now on the subject of “sitting” in the Christian way of life. For more on the subject of Pastor Teachers you can go to www.gbible.org and do a search. I also reccommend a blog post by my friend Karen on that subject which you can check out here: http://karenhancock.wordpress.com/2009/06/30/eusebeia/