Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Even though it may not have a price, everything has a cost. Every project demands that I accept some things and cut away others. So often I am tempted to focus on the profits of being a follower of Jesus – the peace, the joy, companionship with the Living Christ etcetera - without counting the cost. These profits that I enjoy cost Christ Jesus his life. Being a true disciple of Jesus costs me my coziness with family members, and all of my time, treasure and talents. Have I truly considered these costs? Will I be able to finish my journey with Jesus with the same enthusiasm that I started it? Christ Jesus, teach me the true cost of being your disciple.
Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12-13)
Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock. Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life.
Dittrich Bonhoffer, The Cost of Discipleship
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.