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The Cost of Discipleship

This past week I finished reading “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy”. Written by Eric Metaxas, it is a biography of one of the most faithful and brave men of the 20th Century. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a brilliant scholar, caring pastor, and among the many who were martyred for trying to upend Adolf Hitler and the madness that he engineered. I have read some of Bonhoeffer’s writings, including “The Cost of Discipleship”, “Life Together”, and “Letters and Papers from Prison”. During my seminary years I had read another biography of Bonhoeffer written by a dear friend of his.

I commend Metaxas’ book on Bonhoeffer to you. What I admire about Dietrich Bonhoeffer is how he allowed his faith in Christ to evolve and mature to a place where it encompassed and enveloped his whole life. Christianity was not just head knowledge. It was something to be lived out. Christianity, for Bonhoeffer, was not just one compartment of life somehow separated from other compartments. His trust in Christ was like an umbrella that covered every part of his being. And for Bonhoeffer, the cross of Jesus is central to how a disciple of Jesus lives her or his life.

Last week Pastor Chris preached about “Cross Shaped Living”. In other words, how does your life reflect the life of Christ, who was always seeking ways to make life better for others, even when it bears a cost to you?  This coming weekend, Pastor Sarah will preach on another great text and theme: Forgiveness. Jesus both models and grants forgiveness to each one of us over and over again. As such, we become empowered to forgive others who have wronged us. Forgiveness is not natural to us. It is hard. It is costly. But it is good for both the giver and the receiver. It is one sign of a cross-shaped life.

Even while at home for worship, bring your confession of sin to God. And then, having confessed, hear the great news of being set free by Christ’s love, his cross, and his forgiveness. And let Dietrich Bonhoeffer inspire you to continue to grow in your faith by prayer, Scripture reading, and the hearing of God’s word. As such, your life as a follower and disciple of Jesus may not get easier. It sure didn’t for Bonhoeffer. As a follower of the One who gave his life for the world, you will be brought into places that may not be all that comfortable for you. You will be called on to sacrifice. But your life will be filled with the joy and purpose that comes from being fully connected, in all aspects of your life, to the living Christ.

During this time of global pandemic, and always, know that Jesus loves you. He is with you now and forever. And he calls you to be his disciple. There is no greater purpose.

For this weekend’s worship, please read Matthew 18:21-35.

See you online for worship,

Pastor Tim

P.S.  As our digital presence has grown in the last few months we have needed to make a few changes. One change includes the way you get to our Gloria Dei YouTube channel. The new address for our YouTube channel is www.youtube.com/gloriadei-sd 

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