November 26, 2016
1 Peter 1:22-25
22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For,
“All people are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”
And this is the word that was preached to you.
Quote of the Week
The Lord says, ‘My son, you have yet to become a courageous and considerate lover.’ My answer: ‘Why do you say this, Lord?’ Christ replies: ‘Even for slight opposition you give up a project, and too eagerly look for people to support you in giving up. A courageous lover stand firm in temptations, ignores the enemy’s crafty attempts at persuasion, and knows that as I please him in prosperity, i also stand by him in adversity.’
Christ goes on: ‘A wise lover focuses not o much on the gift of the Lover as on the love of the Giver. A wise lover values good will above the worth of the gift. A wise lover puts gifts and givers of gifts into perspective. A wise lover desires Me above all gifts.”
Thomas a’Kempis, The Imitation of Christ. From Book III: Inner Encouragement. “The Proof of a True Lover” Chapter 6. para 1-2a. (Edited and Paraphrased by Donald E. Demeray. 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.
J.D. Walt serves as Seedbed’s Sower in Chief. firstname.lastname@example.org.