July 31, 2016
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Quote of the Week
When does one first enjoy God perfectly? When one stops trying to find comfort from any person or possession; when one knows contentment with whatever comes. Then one neither rejoices in having much nor complains about having little. Rather, one confidently commits him or herself to God, who meets every need. In God nothing perishes or dies; all things live for and serve Him at His command.
(Excerpt from The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas A’Kempis (translation by Don Demaray). Book I Chapter 25. “Zealously Amend Your Life.” P. 45)
Note to Readers. For the next season of Saturdays 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.