Bonhoeffer — The Cost of Discipleship

Having worked my way through Dallas Willard’s book (again), The Divine Conspiracy, the next book I need to tackle (again) is Bonhoeffer’s Discipleship. (It was renamed Cost of Discipleship later.)

Some opening (and painful) thoughts:

Costly grace is the hidden treasure in the field, for the sake of which people go and sell with joy everything they have. It is the costly pearl, for whose price the merchant sells all that he has; it is Christ’s sovereignty, for the sake of which you tear out an eye if it causes you to stumble. It is the call of Jesus Christ which causes a disciple to leave his nets and follow him.

Jesus is the Master Apprentice. When we truly realize the opportunity that stands before us, there is an urge to leap up, shout, “YES!” and leave everything behind. Let that hunger rise up in use again!

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