Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Devotional of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I was receiving some daily devotionals presented by Bible Gateway and wanted to share this one in particular with you all, as it speaks of Christ's costly grace.

"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. Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which has to be asked for, the door at which one has to knock.
It is costly, because it calls to discipleship; it is grace, because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly, because it costs people their lives; it is grace, because it thereby makes them live. It is costly, because it condemns sin; it is grace, because it justifies the sinner. Above all, grace is costly, because it was costly to God, because it cost God the life of God's Son․"you were bought with a price"․and because nothing can be cheap to us which is costly to God. Above all, it is grace because the life of God's Son was not too costly for God to give in order to make us live...
Grace is costly, because it forces people under the yoke of following Jesus Christ; it is grace when Jesus says, 'My yoke is easy, and my burden is light' Matthew 11:30."

So looking at your own life, are you following Christ with a costly grace, or simply just believing, like a cheap grace? Be thankful for the costly grace that Christ so generously laid down His life for us sinners, in which that we may become disciples of God.

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