As is often the norm in the faith that holds to Jesus as its foundation, the steps with which describe our relationship with the Christ differ from that common to our physical lives.
Consider that we spend most of our lives walking, moving, and working, in hopes of one day sitting; retirement.
In Christ though, God has made us to sit first. It seems it is a reversal of the standard. It is natural to assume that sitting cannot precede laboring, for how can we rest before we have worked? Contrarily, in writ we read, “He has seated us with Christ in the heavenly places (Eph. 2:6).”
This is because faith in Jesus begins not with a big ‘do,’ but with a big ‘done.’
We need not try to attain with our own efforts, for the invitation in Christ Jesus is to sit, rest, and enjoy what God has done. Any labor attempted outside of this rest is vanity and will achieve naught.
The very act of standing or walking implies an effort on our part, so God describes our relationship with Him as one where we sit, meaning it is His work and not our own.
This is why we hear, “It is by grace that you have been saved and not by any works of your own, else you might have something to boast of (Eph. 2:8).”
Then how will the work get done you ask? If the believer’s life is to be spent seated with Jesus, how will all the necessary labors of love take place? We hear that too has been taken care of.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them (Eph. 2:10).