September 17, 2016
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
Quote of the Week
My friend, look thoughtfully at the following: Close the door on your sensual desires so you can hear the Lord your God talk to you. Listen to what God says to you: “I am your salvation. I am your peace. I am your life. Stay with Me to find peace. Let loose of all impermanent holdings; Seek eternal holdings. Impermanent holdings snare you. Besides, what can mere things do for you without the Creator beside you? Therefore, let go of mere things. Work to please your Creator; Work faithfully to please Him; herein lies the secret to real happiness.”
Thomas a’Kempis, The Imitation of Christ. From Book III: Inner Encouragement. “How Christ Talks Inwardly to the Faithful Christian.” Chapter 1. para 2. (Edited and Paraphrased by Donald E. Dem. Alba House Press.)
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.