Recent posts submitted by some of the skilled writers at WordPress (much unlike this dabbler) reminded me of a friend long since visited. His name is Dietrich Bonhoeffer and he resides in my personal library (you may think that’s a funny place for someone to live, but my wife believes I live there also). While I shelve and cherish a number of his works, it is in my opinion that “The Cost of Discipleship” ranks among the greatest of contributions to the Christian faith that has been offered by men.
It is in this work of course where Bonhoeffer contrasts cheap grace and costly grace (among others). His obvious intent is to bring his readers to the conclusion that authentic discipleship is fundamental for every believer in Jesus Christ. Early in his work, he pole vaults his readers through the history of the Church (briefly), describing how we are ever a people swaying from extreme to extreme… one landing us in a field of legalism, the other in a field of self-justified sin. Both leave grace cheapened.
Whether Monasticism or an over-liberal approach to the grace of God, he argues, they are both forms of worldliness, and worldliness by definition will always seek to distort ‘the justification of the sinner in the world’ to extol on one hand ‘a self driven departure’ from the world, and on the other ‘the justification of sin and the world.’
I must admit the battle rages on in my life between these two poles. It appears I must always be on guard of my duty to testify of my Savior in word and deed as I walk through this world, yet remain unstained from its influences. This may sound difficult… at times impossible, but Bonhoeffer concludes anything short of this cheapens the grace of God; befouls the finished work of Jesus Christ.
Before jumping on Bonhoeffer’s bandwagon, consider the implication of his words. What are some of the superfluous influences we nestle into the pew beside us on any given Sunday morning?
- if only i may finish the race (uphans7.wordpress.com)
- Spiritual Blessings in Christ (5gsandacupofjoe.net)
- Fully Alive (myheartsmission.com)
- Be careful in your evaluation of the Grace of God! (keyword-power.com)
- 3 Powerful Bible verses in attaining holiness (christianongtangco.wordpress.com)
- Bonhoeffer on Discipleship (tbolto.wordpress.com)
- Bonhoeffer: Life Lessons (str.typepad.com)