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I am back from my vacation in the Cancun.  Thank you yo everyone who visited this blog while I was at the beach and pool.

Today, I want to get back to my chapter-by-chapter review of Jon Walker‘s  Costly Grace. This book offers a contemporary look of Dietrich Bonhoeffer‘s well-known work, The Cost of Discipleship.

Chapter 17 is called “Becoming Like Jesus in Trusting the Father.”  Bonhoeffer wrote:

The life of discipleship can only be maintained so long as nothing is allowed to come between Christ and ourselves–neither the law, nor personal piety, nor even the world.

Walker writes that we can either look to Christ or we can anything else.  When our eyes our off Jesus, then we set up ourselves for worry.  Thus, we can be on the solid rock of Jesus or the sinking sand.  We must be maintain this focus on Jesus.  It is…

…never Jesus-plus-the-law, Jesus-plus-religion, Jesus-plus-the-world.  Our inability to remain focused exclusively on Christ is at the crux of why we have such difficulty living carefree within the grace of God.  It is why we struggle to find the abundant life promised by Jesus and why we have such difficulty resting in the arms of God, wiggling ourselves with child-like faith into the Sabbath rest promised God.

Bonhoeffer fought against the “Jesus-plus” whatever mentality.  The grace of God doesn’t need anything added to it.  Christianity is simply an all-out devotion to the Savior Jesus.  The fault is ours and ours alone.

We wonder why our lives are filled with anxiety and worry and selfishness.  We look out for #1 because we believe no one else–not even Jesus–is looking out for us, and so we have to do it ourselves.

Perhaps the greatest hindrance to submitting totally to Jesus is the false allurement of earthly treasures.  If our treasure is focused on money and possessions, then our heart will be there as well.  Will we fall into the trap of trusting our earthly treasures for security or will we trust Jesus (an in doing so, we are storing up treasures in heaven.  Our possessions can certainly get in the way of trusting Jesus.  We start calling the shots in live and in dealing with our problems.

And this is fallen thinking locked into the economy of this world.  Jesus says in God’s economy, in the kingdom of heaven, our Father is the provider and he knows our needs better than we do ourselves. Look around, look at how he provides.  Now believe he will provide for you!

Worry will always be the enemy of trusting Jesus.  But as we trust and follow Jesus, we will see how he will provide for us.  Walker writes…

How would are churches change if we made it absolutely understandable that worry is sin?  How would our Christ-communities change if we preached and taught “Do not worry”–and said, “we’re going to keep working on this every week until we’re all safe and mature in the words of Christ?”

Trusting Christ is the solution to worry.

An example of Fallen Thinking:

I’m worried about this because who else will take care of it?  Besides, the more I worry, the more the situation is resolved.  Worry even puts money in my bank account.

An example of Kingdom Thinking:

My worry is a signal, not to try harder, but to trust more!

Amen!

 

 

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