Wearing Out Old Books and Relearning Old Truth

Thursday is for Discipleship

Drawing: by artist Carol Gunderson (2005)My old copy of Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison disintegrated and my daughter graciously purchased another copy for me. As I reread what this brother endured for the cross, it affirms once again the conclusion that it is times of duress not peace, it is turmoil not calm, that produces in us the greatest insights into life and happiness. Here’s a piece of wisdom to drink down and be nourished with from Bonhoeffer.

“Who stands fast? Only the man whose final standard is not his reason, his principles, his conscience, his freedom, or his virtue, but who is ready to sacrifice all this when he is called to obedient and responsible action in faith and in exclusive allegiance to God–the responsible man, who tries to make his whole life an answer to the question and call of God.”

(Letters and Papers from Prison, 5)

   If we would disciple men and women to live passionately for and like Christ then we must make the whole of our lives a show of our allegiance to God, make the whole of our lives an answer to the question and call of God upon our lives. There is the echo of the apostle Paul’s words here (cf. 1 Cor. 15:58). May God make us willing to sacrifice anything to express an exclusive allegiance to Him. And may we stand immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. 


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