Matthew 8:18-22 "The Cost of Discipleship." on this week's Word of Grace Devotional with Pastor Joe Marquez.
The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of January 11, 2016
The Cost of Discipleship
Matthew 8:18-22, "When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he instructed his disciples to cross to the other side of the lake.19Then one of the teachers of religious law said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.” 21Another of his disciples said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.” 22But Jesus told him, “Follow me now. Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead.” NLT
Beloved, while the gift of salvation is a free gift, there is a cost to follow Jesus. True enough, becoming like Jesus is no joke. It was Dietrich Bonhoeffer who wrote a book entitled, “The Cost of Discipleship” who spoke about this cost. Dietrich wrote about cheap grace and costly grace.
According to Bonhoeffer, "cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline and communion without confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ."
Cheap grace, Bonhoeffer says, is to hear the gospel preached as follows: "Of course you have sinned, but now everything is forgiven, so you can stay as you are and enjoy the consolations of forgiveness." The main defect of such a proclamation is that it contains no demand for discipleship. In contrast to cheap grace, "costly grace confronts us as a gracious call to follow Jesus, it comes as a word of forgiveness to the broken spirit and the contrite heart. It is costly because it compels a man to submit to the yoke of Christ and follow him; it is grace because Jesus says: "My yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Jesus said it this way, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.” Jesus also said, “Follow me now. Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead.”
Beloved, following Jesus is no joke. It sometimes requires going places that may be uncomfortable and leaving things behind. Have you counted the cost to follow Jesus? If you have, you have found that whatever you leave behind, Christ makes up for as Matthew 19:29 says, “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.”
Beloved, I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!