August 29, 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
The past couple of weeks I’ve been telling 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 was, “Do I really want to change?” Today we get to the third question.
The first question calls for Holy Spirit empowered self assessment. The second question calls for the focusing of our intentions and the exercise of our will in submission to God’s will. This third and final question of the trilogy gets at our desires.
Authentic transformation, from one degree of glory to the next, happens as gut level honesty gives way to the purification of our intentions and sublimation of our will. Authentic transformation is sustained as it becomes fueled and fired by the Holy Spirit flooding our heart’s desires with the very Mind of Christ.
To say “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God,” is the same thing as saying, “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.
So what’s the third question in the series of three? It’s, “How deep is my desire for Holiness?”
This is a hard one to quantify. It is probably best assessed through comparative question, “How deep is my desire for the things that compromise Holiness?” 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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