In his book, The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer compares God’s grace to a “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 for 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.
Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock.
Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life” (page 45).
There is much more on this subject, but I want to point out that we usually think of the cost of grace from God’s side. But it is costly for us if we have received the call, “Come follow me” (Matthew 19:21). While there is a cost to follow Jesus, it is a privilege to follow Him, having been called by Him, I will pay the price to partake of this grace. Will you pay the price?
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