In the Cost of Discipleship Dietrich Bonhoeffer shares the timeless advice God had shared with Martin Luther:
“Discipleship is not limited to what you can comprehend—it must transcend all comprehension. Plunge into the deep waters beyond your comprehension, and I will help you to comprehend even as I do. Bewilderment is the true comprehension. Not to know where you are going is the true knowledge. My comprehension transcends yours.Thus Abraham went forth from his father and not knowing whither he went. He trusted himself to my knowledge, and cared not for his own, and thus he took the right road and came to his journey’s end. Behold, that is the way of the cross. You cannot find it yourself, so you must let me lead you as though you were a blind man. Wherefore it is not you, no man, no living creature, but I myself, who instruct you by my Word and Spirit in the way you should go. Not the work which you choose, not the suffering you devise, but the road which is clean contrary to all you choose or contrive or desire—that is the road you must take. To that I call you and in that you must be my disciple.” (Bonhoeffer 1995, 93, emphasis added)
Jesus calls us to pick up our own cross and lay down our lives at the Master’s disposal. It’s not going to be just fun and games. We are asked to follow Christ beyond comprehension.
Sometimes we are asked to step outside of our comfort zones.
Sometimes we are asked to kiss our fears on the mouth. But just like the fairytale princess who reluctantly kissed the frog we are going to be blessedly surprised.
That’s when our fears are transformed.
Our lives are changed for the better.
And our faith is strengthened beyond comprehension.
The benefits of discipleship are out of this world.
Even though it does not mean that we would not be bid to die on a daily basis. It does not mean there would not be suffering involved. But it does mean that this life is not all that there is.
For I know that my Redeemer and Vindicator lives,
And at the last He will take His stand upon the earth.
(Job 19:25, AMP)
It also means that who loses his life for Christ, will gain so much more. Radical trust leads into discipleship beyond comprehension. Grace and more grace. Love and more love. Life and more life.
Forgive us for thinking
we should understand your ways.
Your ways are not our ways.
Your thinking is not our thinking.
We surrender to you.
Lead us, guide us, direct our paths!
Give us strength and courage
to follow without comprehension.
May Thy will be done!
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Do you follow Christ beyond comprehension? Is it worth it?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you go wherever God leads you!
Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/The Frog Prince by Paul Meyerheim, 1889. This post is refurbished from 2010. Linking up with Unite the Bloggersphere and#tellhisstory.