this time last year i started reading through, Devotional Classics (which i would highly recommend), and it had an excerpt from Dietrich Bonhoeffer on “The Call to Discipleship.” it was rich. it was challenging. it brought about great discussion. i decided after our (my bible study) discussion that when i read the books that were already on my list to read, i would purchase Bonhoeffer’s, The Cost of Discipleship. when i realized earlier this week that the time had come, i was excited yet anxious. this book is no easy read, but still, i was excited. so…i’ve decided to share some of Bonhoeffer’s thoughts.
i love these words by Bonhoeffer as he begins his discussion of discipleship:
“We can only achieve perfect liberty and enjoy fellowship with Jesus when his command, his call to absolute discipleship, is appreciated in its entirety. Only the man who follows the command of Jesus single-mindedly, and unresistingly lets his yoke rest upon him, finds his burden easy, and under its gentle pressure receives the power to perservere in the right way. The command of Jesus is hard, unutterably hard, for those who try to resist it. But for those who willingly submit, the yoke is easy, and the burden is light. ‘His commandments are not grievous’ (1 John 5:3). The commandment of Jesus is not a sort of spiritual shock treatment. Jesus asks nothing of us without giving us the strength to perform it. His commandment never seeks to destroy life, but to foster, strengthen and heal it.“