October 22, 2016
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
Quote of the Week
Fight with all your might against your inner enemy. Allow no pride to live inside you. Demonstrate that you can let others have their way. After all, what have you to complain about? More, what answer can you give? Don’t forget that you sin. So, when people cross you, remember who you are! I spared you, you who are so precious to me, so that you could grasp that I love you and be grateful for the beautiful gifts I give you. I also want you to learn authentic humility, to are patient when crossed.
Thomas a’Kempis, The Imitation of Christ. From Book III: Inner Encouragement. Chapter 13. Humble Obedience: Jesus Our Model. para 3.
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.