Thursday, November 08, 2007

Discipleship

I wonder if we ever comprehend what discipleship is, we do courses, have study guides, but in my experience it goes far beyond anything we can simply make as an offshoot of Christianity. Discipleship is not optional, it is the only way...see the quote below...

Discipleship is not limited to what you can understand – it must transcend all comprehension. Plunge into the deep waters beyond your own understanding, and I will help you to comprehend.

Bewilderment is the true comprehension. Not to know where you are going is the true knowledge. In this way Abraham went forth from his father, not knowing where he was going. That is the way of the cross. You cannot find it in yourself, so you must let me lead you as though you were a blind man.

Not the work which you choose, not the suffering you devise, but the road which is contrary to all that you choose or contrive or desire – that is the road you must take. It is to this path that I call you, and in this sense that you must be my disciple.

Source: Martin Luther (1483-1546), quoted in Dietrich Bonhoeffer, "The Cost of Discipleship."

1 comment:

Rock in the Grass said...

"bewilderment is the true comprehension"... and yet so often I will not move until I can understand everything that is going to happen to me...thereby limiting my discipleship. Thanks for the quote.
Pete

 

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