Daily Light – Oct 11, 2017

Your daily goal:

Philippians 3:14  “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   

(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)

Today’s Daily Light:

Bonhoeffer – I am reading Bonhoeffer, Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, by Eric Metaxas.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor, theologian, spy, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church. His writings on Christianity’s role in the secular world have become widely influential, and his book The Cost of Discipleship has become a modern classic.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor, theologian, spy, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church. His writings on Christianity’s role in the secular world have become widely influential.
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In the forward to the book…Timothy Keller writes….
“By the time of Hitler’s ascension, much of the German church understood grace only as abstract acceptance–“God forgives; that’s his job.”  But we know that true grace comes to us by costly sacrifice.  And if God was willing to go to the cross and endure such pain and absorb such a cost in order to save us, then we must live sacrificially as we serve others.  Anyone who truly understands how God’s grace comes to us will have a changed life.  That’s the gospel, not salvation by law, or by cheap grace, but by costly grace.  Costly grace changes you from the inside out.  Neither law nor cheap grace can do that. 
This lapse couldn’t happen to us, today, surely, could it?  Certainly it could.  We still have a lot of legalism and moralism in our churches.  In reaction to that, many Christians want to talk only about God’s love and acceptance.  They don’t like talking about Jesus’ death on the cross to satisfy divine wrath and justice.  Some even call it ‘divine child abuse.”  Yet if the are not careful, they run the risk of falling into the belief in ‘cheap grace” — a non-costly love from a non-holy God who just loves and accepts us as we are.  That will never change anyone’s life.
So it looks like we still need to listen to Bonhoeffer and others who go deep in discussing the nature of the gospel.”
 
Lord…as I read this biography on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life…I realize I am much like the typical believer in the German church described by Keller.  Lord….I don’t want to be afraid to give myself totally to you…but I know that I am.  I know that I like my ‘American Christian’ way of life…     I actually find myself afraid to pray that you will totally take me and use my life as you wish…for I fear you might.  But I do pray that….not that I don’t trust you….it is that I don’t trust me…..     I do know that your gift of grace was given to us at a great price…    I pray that you will change me more and more from the inside out so that I can be fully pleasing to you and do your perfect will for the rest of what I have of this life.   Amen
    

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