June 25, 2016
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Quote of the Week
Do not be concerned about who is for you or who is against you. Stay close to God in everything you do. Maintain a good conscience and God will defend you “if God is for us, who is against us?” (Romans 8:31). If you are able to maintain a spirit of peace in the midst of suffering, then you will see the salvation of the Lord. God knows when and how to deliver you, so resign yourself to God in all things.
God protects and liberates, loves and consoles the humble. Great grace surrounds them. God lifts up the lowly (Luke 1:52). God reveals the deepest secrets to the humble and with kind invitation bids the meek to draw near. If you are humble—resting in God rather than putting your trust in the world—then no vexations will be too great for you and peace will be your constant companion.
(Excerpt from The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas a’Kempis, as rendered by Paul Wesley Chilcote in The Imitation of Christ: Selections Annotated & Explained. p.47)
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.