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Counting the Cost

“The Cost of Nondiscipleship”

The Spirit of the Disciplines : Understanding How God Changes Lives

In 1937 Dietrich Bonhoeffer gave the world his book The Cost of Discipleship…It was right to point out that one cannot be a disciple of Christ without forfeiting things normally sought in human life, and that one who pays little in the world’s coinage to bear his name has reason to wonder where he or she stands with God. But the cost of nondiscipleship is far greater–even when this life alone is considered–than the price paid to walk with Jesus.

Nondiscipleship costs abiding peace, a life penetrated throughout by love, faith that sees everything in the light of God’s overriding governance for good, hopefulness that stands firm in the most discouraging of circumstances, power to do what is right and withstand the forces of evil. In short, it costs exactly that abundance of life Jesus said he came to bring (John 10:10). The cross-shaped yoke of Christ is after all an instrument of liberation and power to those who live in it with him and learn the meekness and lowliness of heart that brings rest to the soul.

 ~ from The Spirit of the Disciplines, by Dallas Willard,

in Devotional Classics: Selected Readings,

ed. Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith

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