Sit…

Sit, Walk, Stand, is an inspiring look at the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Christians in Ephesus written by the saintly Chinese pastor, Watchman Nee.

This is the first of three posts that briefly examine each of the words in the title to Watchman Nee’s book.

Matt’s Seat

Near the south-east corner of the Swan Pool on Lake Wendouree you will find a park bench with an inscription, “Matt’s Seat” In loving memory of Matt Jamieson, 22.12.66 – 02.03.05, Always in our hearts…Erin, Jai, Flynn.

Today is the seventh anniversary of Matt’s death following his long battle with cancer. Matt was 38 years old. A husband and father to two boys Matt had a passion for the lake and its surrounds. He was instrumental in establishing the Lake Foundation and after some investigation discovered that a master plan for the development of the lake had already been prepared by the Ballarat City Council but was laying dormant. Funds generated by Lake Blitz, an initiative of the Foundation, enabled Council working with the Committee for Ballarat, sponsors, the Ballarat Tourism Association and the Foundation to implement the master plan.

Matt’s wife, Erin, continues to work tirelessly for the Foundation helping to realise Matt’s dream. Since the start of the Foundation in 1994 there has been numerous improvements to the Lake and its surrounds and while there

is still more work to be done to realise more aspects of the master plan I’m sure Matt would be pleased with the progress to date.

More information about Matt and the Foundation can be found at http://www.thecourier.com.au/news/local/news/general/matt-battling-to-see-his-dream/366802.aspx and http://www.ballarat.vic.gov.au/lakes-parks-recreation/lakes/lake-wendouree/lake-foundation-.aspx

Can I encourage you to take a few moments out of your day and sit on Matt’s Seat and like him dream.

Saint Luke in chapter 10 of his gospel records a wonderful little cameo of Jesus and his disciples visiting the home Lazarus and his two sisters, Martha and Mary. While Martha was distracted by all the preparations that needed to be made it was Mary who chose to sit at the feet of Jesus listening to what he said. What a privilege to sit at the feet of Jesus and be taught by him.

Today’s follower of Jesus has a greater privilege.

The Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 2:6, And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.

Imagine, seated with Christ in the heavenly realms! God has done that for us to, “show us the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:7).

As I said take a few moments out of your day, sit at the lake and imagine the possibilities, the amazing benefits, the incomparable riches of God’s grace that are yours in Christ Jesus.

What difference will this knowledge make to your day?

Matt dreamed of the possibilities for the Lake and now several years down the track remarkable changes have taken place.

Picture: Justin Poole

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