Discipleship


Hi!  Silver Streak here.  Just finished feeding the mules and now letting them digest it before I  get them to moving again.  Got to get this load of stones to   the city.  There is something big going on t his weekend and they threatened me if I am late.  So, I am trying very hard, but they don’t understand the actions of mules.  But I do!.

I am reading a book on Bonhoeffer’s Cost of Discipleship. What a book.  If you haven’t read it, you need to. It is the book a Christian needs to read.  Anyway, I have a few things to write that were given to me.    I love this book.  It was something that we read along with another book as a group study this past summer.

Bonhoeffer say’s,”When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die,” and “Suffering, then, is the badge of true discipleship.” The immediacy is simply, Bonhoeffer’s call to renounce “false gods,” to abandon anything that stands in the way of Jesus as the only path of salvation.  The book, faithfully calls us to a real, transforming, costly discipleship.   He talks of grace, both cheap and “costly.”  He say’s “cheap grace” rather than having been given by God, is the grace we give ourselves.   In contrast, real grace, “costly grace” challenges us “as a gracious call” to follow Christ Jesus.  He talks of Peter’s experience of grace.  Peter received the call “Follow me,” two different times——at the beginning of his relationship with Jesus and at the end of his earthly relationship with Jesus.  Which grace are you getting?  The “cheap grace.”  Or the “costly grace.”  Think about it and pray about it.  Tell God, that you want the real thing.  You want the “costly grace,” that only comes from answering His call.  That is my prayer for all of you tonight.  I will try to write more from Bonhoeffer tomorrow.  For now, remember to kneel in prayer and ask His forgiveness for your sins and for what He is going to give you for the rest of your life.  God Bless each and everyone of  you.

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