The Sixth Day Exercise for May 7 with Thomas a’Kempis

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May 7, 2016

Matthew 6:33

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Quote of the Week

Book I. Section 4. Wise Thought and Action

1. Don’t trust every suggestion, but with healthy skepticism and patience ponder your affairs in  the light of God’s will. Pity! We often believe evil of others and gossip about them. But why not speak good? Wise people document what they hear. They know human frailty, how easily words get twisted.

2. Live wisely! Avoid rash behavior. Live wisely! Refuse to rigidly defend your pride. Live wisely! Don’t repeat everything you hear. Ask counsel from a person of sound judgment. Ask instruction from one better than you. Avoid following your own proud ideas. Good living opens the door to rich experience. The more you exercise humility, the more you subject yourself to God. The more you exercise wisdom, the more you bring peace to all circumstances.

Thomas a’Kempis from his timeless classic, The Imitation of Christ.  Edited and paraphrased by my dear friend, the late Don Demaray.

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 5.7.16 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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