August 15, 2015
2 Corinthians 3:17-18
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is present, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (NET)
The Sixth Day Exercise
Note to Readers: Thanks so much for the helpful feedback last week. You will note a few changes this week as a result. I hope they are helpful. We are learning as we go.
One of my mentors, Maxie Dunnam, for whom I will be eternally grateful once taught me three questions to regularly ask myself. I’ll be sharing those on the Sixth Day Exercise Saturdays over the next few weeks.
I’ve decided to shorten these Saturday readings so as to keep the main thing the main thing, which is the Sixth Day Exercise.
So what’s the first question in the series of three? It’s, “Am I growing.”
My immediate knee jerk response is to say, “Of course I’m growing.” Then I ask myself, “So how?” And then I have to think about it, which is precisely what makes it a perfect question for the Sixth Day Exercise. So get to it.
In case you are new to the Sixth Day Exercise. 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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