Posts Tagged ‘cost’

  

“Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, ‘One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.'” (Mark‬ ‭10‬:‭21‬ NKJV)

In the early 1930’s, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was so appalled at how many in the church capitulated to Hitler, blessing his evil doctrines that were “shaded” with religious tones, that he wrote a response, his manifesto entitled, The Cost of Discipleship. In it, he warned of “cheap grace”, the teaching that stresses that grace is free, so it really doesn’t matter how we live. There is no cost for holiness. 

As Jesus encountered one who had both riches and a hungry heart, Jesus made him choose. Was that cruel? Not really. But there can only be one Master, one passion, and it must be Him. It says Jesus loved him enough to offer discipleship, but the man didn’t love enough in return to sacrifice whatever it took to follow. 

Grace is freely given, but it isn’t freely kept. There is a cost to be a disciple. But the unsaid is that there is a GREATER cost for disobedience, one we pay later and with both present and eternal consequences. If everything has a cost, then choose the one that leads to life! You will find the price not so bad and the dividends out of this world! You are loved today!

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This letter is from James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (James‬ ‭1‬:‭1‬ NLT)

Could you willingly become a slave? In ancient times, this was a common way for impoverished people to provide subsistence for themselves or their family and provision was made for this in law. For example, the code of Hammurabi stated that “besides being able to borrow on personal security, an individual might sell himself or a family member into slavery.” In medieval Russia, self-sale was the main source of slaves.

In the biblical aspect, James is not talking about an auction block but a willingness to let God control his life instead of his own whims. To be a “slave of God” sounds crazy, until you understand that God is a more merciful and loving Master of our lives than we are to ourselves. And sin? Sin is the ultimate taskmaster of torture and abuse, ruining everything it touches!

In this life, we all will serve somebody: God, Satan, Self, Others… And if it’s not God, all the others wind up in the same pile. Learn to give up control to the One that doesn’t desire to hurt, abuse, or manipulate you. He’s the only Master that desires more for you, to make you His child! You really are loved!