October 8, 2016
1 John 3:1-3
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
Quote of the Week
Goodness and purity inside help you see and comprehend everything without blockage. A pure heart penetrates heaven and hell. Who you are inside determines what you see outside; and your inner life shows how to make judgements. The joy available? Pure hearts possess it. The problems and calamities in the world? Persons with a bad conscious know all about those evil things. But as iron held in the fire loses its rust and gets red hot, so those who turn 100% to God take off the clothing of sloth and become brand new people.
When you begin to grow lukewarm, you become afraid of work; eagerness for physical comfort increases. But when you really begin to overcome self, and when you begin to walk resolutely in God’s way, O! how what once seemed burden now seems so easy.
Thomas a’Kempis, The Imitation of Christ. From Book II: Recommendations about the Inner Life. Chapter 4. A Pure Mind and a Simple Purpose.
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.
J.D. Walt serves as Seedbed’s Sower in Chief. firstname.lastname@example.org.