i have so many things i want to blog about…Bonhoeffer’s insight into discipleship, recipes, Tyler, baby food and coupons. Hopefully tomorrow i can get to some of those things…but today i wanted to share another excerpt from Bonhoeffer’s book.
“And what does the text inform us about the content of discipleship? Follow me, run along behind me! That is all.
To follow in his steps is something which is void of all content. It gives us no intelligible programme for a way of life, no goal or ideal to strive after. It is not a cause which human calculation might deem worthy of our devotion, even the devotion of ourselves. What happens? At the call, Levi leaves all that he has–but not because he thinks that he might be doing something worth while, but simply for the sake of the call. Otherwise he cannot follow in the steps of Jesus. This act on Levi’s past has not the slightest value in itself, it is quite devoid of significance and unworthy of consideration.
The disciple simply burns his boats and goes ahead. He is called out, and has to forsake his old life in order that he may “exist” in the strictest sense of the word. The old life is left behind, and completely surrendered. The disciple is dragged out of his relative security into a life of absolute insecurity (that is, in truth, into the absolute security and safety of the fellowship of Jesus), from a life which is observable and calculable (it is, in fact, quite incalculable) into a life where everything is unobservable and fotuitous (that is, into one which is necessary calculable), out of the realm of finite (which is in truth the infinite) into the realm of infinite possibilities (which is the one liberating reality).
Again it is no universal law. Rather is it the exact opposite of all legality. It is nothing else then bondage to Jesus Christ alone, completely breaking through every programme, every ideal, every set of laws. No other significance is possible, since Jesus is the only significance. Beside Jesus nothing has any significance. He alone matters. ”
later on Bonhoeffer says this…
“The call frees them from all earthly ties, and binds them to Jesus Christ alone. They must burn their boats and plunge into absolute insecurity in order to learn the demand and the gift of Christ.”
“The new situation must be created, in which it is possible to believe on Jesus as God incarnate; that is the impossible situation in which everything is staked solely on the word of Jesus. Peter had to leave the ship and risk his life on the sea, in order to learn both his own weakness and the almighty power of his Lord. If Peter had not taken risk, he would never have learnt the meaning of faith.”
i love the imagery that Bonhoeffer uses sometimes…we are bound to Christ, we are bonded to Christ, run behind Him! i love that He is the only thing that matters in my life…may i live life that reflects that truth.
:) be blessed.