Sixth Day Exercise for June 18 with Thomas a’Kempis

June 18, 2016

Matthew 10:39

Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

Quote of the Week

Know for certain that you are called to lead a dying lifea life conformed to the self-sacrificing actions of the cross (Psalm 44:22). The more you die to yourself the more you live to God…  So Jesus plainly exhorts all God’s children to live cruciform lives, saying, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). When you have read everything and pursued every avenue to find the way to abundant life, let this be your final conclusion—it is through the royal way of the cross that we enter the Kingdom of God.

(Excerpt from The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas a’Kempis, as rendered by Paul Wesley Chilcote in The Imitation of Christ: Selections Annotated & Explained.)
Note to Readers. For the next season ahead I will be sharing excerpts from this book, one of the most significant writings in Christian history, and likely the second best selling book of all time next to the Bible itself.

DO THE 6.18.16 SIXTH DAY EXERCISE HERE.

In case you are just joining us, each week we share in an exercise called “The Sixth Day Exercise.” As Genesis 1 has it, God created human beings in his own image on the sixth day. Genesis 3 shows us the desecration of the image of God in our race which has only compounded itself across the centuries. It’s why the Image Bearer himself, Jesus Christ, came. His life, death, resurrection and ascension reversed the curse of sin and death and created a pathway whereby our broken race could be made gloriously whole again; restored to the Creator’s intent. Paul put it this way:

For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:22. 

Given we were made on the Sixth Day, it makes sense that we might stop and assess how it’s going on the long journey of being “remade” on each successive sixth day.
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J.D. Walt serves as Seedbed’s Sower in Chief.  jd.walt@seedbed.com.

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