April 30, 2016
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Quote of the Week
The more you live at one with yourself, the more easily you understand profound truth. Why? Simplicity opens your mind to light and wisdom from God. A pure single-minded, stable spirit does not distract easily, even when very busy. You do all to honor God. You rest inside. You do not try to make yourself look big. What actually causes inner conflict? Trying to work for God and yourself at the same time.
Good and devout people orient themselves ahead of time to responsible action. Reason, not mere emotion, orders that orientation. No battle looms bigger than giving up self.
So just here we see our goal: To conquer is the way to stronger personhood and growth in holy living.
Thomas a’Kempis from his timeless classic, The Imitation of Christ. (From Book I, How Life With God Works. Chapter 3. Paragraph 3. p. 6-7). Edited and paraphrased by my dear friend, the late Don Demaray.
Note to Readers. For the next season ahead I will be sharing excerpts from this book, one of the most significant writings in Christian history, and likely the second best selling book of all time next to the Bible itself.
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.