August 22, 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
Last week I told you the story of the three questions for self examination I learned from Maxie Dunnam. You may remember the first question was, “Am I growing?”
The second question delves into the depths of our intentions. This question gets into our will. God has given us a “will” independent of his will. It delights God when his will is the shaping influence of our will. What that almost inevitably means is change.
As noted last week, 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 second question in the series of three? It’s, “Do I really want to change.”
It seems like an easy yes until it comes to the second part of the question—which is “How do I want to change.” I’ll give you a chance to take a shot at the question in the short survey in this link:
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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