Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of the world’s foremost theologians and thinkers of the 20th century. He is more remembered for his courage to stand against the massive wave of evil that swept over his country. Bonhoeffer pastored churches in Germany during World War I and II and he saw the shifts within the German church under the pressure of the growing Nazi regime.
As the German church officially supported the Aryan agenda, Bonhoeffer separated himself and led the establishment of a new “Confession Church” that stood on the Scriptures. He left the safety of the United States to return to Germany during the most heated time in the war to join the resistance movement.
Bonhoeffer was hung in a concentration camp in Flossenburg just after his 39th birthday, but his legacy lives on in his writings. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a man who understood more than most the cost of discipleship that he wrote about so convincingly. He was a Christian surrounded by suffering and yet he didn’t hide from it – embraced it with devotion to God and to the people he loved.
Here are some the greatest quotes from his book, The Cost of Discipleship:
“To endure the cross is not a tragedy; it is the suffering which is the fruit of an exclusive allegiance to Jesus Christ.”
“When Christ calls a man … he bids him come and die.”
Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field; for the sake of it a man will gladly go and sell all that he has. It is the pearl of great price to buy which the merchant will sell all his goods. It is the kingly rule of Christ, for whose sake a man will pluck out the eye which causes him to stumble; it is the call of Jesus Christ at which the disciple leaves his nets and follows Him.”
Which of these quotes impacts you most? Why?
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