Posts Tagged ‘discipleship’

“When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer). Jesus declares; “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it. . .” (Luke 9:23 – 24). The apostle Paul asserts: “I die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31). Why? 

Why so extreme? Why so radical? 

Virtually everything I was taught, in the real world, goes against Christ’s drastic dictum. 

I graduated high school, then, earned my B.A., then, on to graduate school, etc. I’ve literally slaved to make my career work, although it hasn’t taken off like I planned. I’m still a viable member of the American workforce. I pay the IRS annually. I’ve paid my dues. I’ve published, at least, one book. I’ve earned my red belt in martial arts in middle age. I go to church each Sunday. Maybe not every Sunday, but almost every Sunday since I was six years old. I’m still married to the same lady; we are still in love. I turned 56 years old this summer. I’m still alive. 

As I recommit my life to Him again, I feel like I’m losing all that I’ve worked for. Maybe I’ve come full circle. Maybe I’ve just finished another trip around Mount Sinai, as they say.