Week One Thoughts: Cost of Discipleship by Bonhoeffer

Cheap Grace v. Costly Grace

(Regular text is from me, italicized text is taken from the book.)

Cheap grace means the justification of sin without the justification of the sinner.

Wow! Can you imagine? Christians living like the rest of the world, modeling ourselves after the world’s standards and not aspiring to live differently in any way?!?

Cheap grace is not the kind of forgiveness of sin which frees us from the toils of sin. Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.

Costly grace is different then, in that we have to seek after it, daily, again and again. It calls us to follow the Living God and gives us the only true life in Him. It justifies us as sinners. It is costly not just to the sinner, but to God himself. It cost him His only son!

My favorite quote from the whole book is at the very beginning of the first chapter- On two separate occasions Peter received the call “Follow me.” It was the first and last word Jesus spoke to His disciple. A whole life lies between these two calls.

I pray that as I continue in my journey with God, He will awaken me in me a daily longing for deliverance from sin and temptation into a life of repentance and stronger faith in Him. I am so undeserving.

The journey of this broken but faithful disciple continues…


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