Day 33 – The Sixth Day Exercise
“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” (2 Cor. 3:18 ESV)
Every sixth day we will pause for an exercise we call, “the Sixth Day Exercise.” On the sixth day, God created human beings in his image. Through our disobedience, our relationship with God was lost and the image of God desecrated in us. God sent his Son, his perfect image bearer, to save us. Through his life and by suffering death on the cross on our behalf, he rescued us from our descent into darkness and eternal death. By his resurrection from the dead, he restored to us the possibility of eternal life—which is to know God as our Abba Father; to be restored in his image—which is the likeness of his Son; and to flourish in the fullness of the Holy Spirit’the powerful presence of the love of God in the world.
Salvation by grace through faith is far from a one-time decision to receive the grace and forgiveness offered through Jesus Christ. Salvation is the lifelong Holy Spirit-empowered journey of being transformed into the image of God—which is who Jesus would be and what Jesus would be like if he were you. It is an inside out process of growth, as Scripture says, “from one degree of glory to another.”
As we were created on the sixth day, and as Jesus Christ was lifted up on the cross on the sixth day, so the sixth day provides us a weekly invitation to take stock of lives. It is a Holy Spirit-inspired opportunity to identify successes, stumbling blocks, and to discern strategic processes and practices whereby we can make progress in the grace of God.
The Sixth Day Exercise involves a gentle yet deeply personal self-examination through asking what we call “the Questions.” They begin identifying the possibility of transformative grace, move to naming the problem of sin and brokenness, and conclude by calling for an action plan complete with processes and practices to help us participate in the Spirit’s work of realizing ever deeper awakening in our lives. Think of them as the three Ps: possibility, problem, and process.
- What possibility of transformation is the Holy Spirit awakening in your life?
- What problem or impediment stands in the way of the Holy Spirit’s transformational work?
- What process and practices might facilitate the Holy Spirit’s work to overcome the obstacle and realize the possibility?