October 1, 2016
2 Corinthians 1:12
Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace.
Quote of the Week
Two wings lift us above the world: Simplicity and Purity. Let simplicity govern your purpose; Allow purity to control your affections. Simplicity opens the windows of the soul to God; Purity opens our ears to God. No acceptable activity will stop you in your tracks if your heart knows freedom from bad temper. When you want only God’s will, and your neighbor’s good, you will have the great satisfaction and joy of inner freedom. When sincerity and right dictate your heart, everything living becomes to you a mirror, everything in the world becomes to you a book of sacred believe, because no part of creation, however small or insignificant, fails to reflect God’s goodness.
Thomas a’Kempis, The Imitation of Christ. From Book II: Recommendations about the Inner Life. Chapter 4. A Pure Mind and a Simple Purpose.
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.