Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bonhoeffer: becoming a Christian

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    Feast of Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa, & his sister Macrina, Teachers, c.394 & c.379
    [Jesus:] “Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”
    —Matthew 26:46 (ESV)
    When a man really gives up trying to make something out of himself—a saint, or a converted sinner, or a churchman, a righteous or unrighteous man, ... when in the fullness of tasks, questions, success or ill-hap, experiences and perplexities, a man throws himself into the arms of God... then he wakes with Christ in Gethsemane. That is faith, and it is thus that he becomes a man and Christian.
    ... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), The Cost of Discipleship, Simon and Schuster, 1959, p. 24-25 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 26:46; Deut. 33:27; Ps. 18:2; 27:1; 56:4,11; 118:6; Heb. 13:6; Jude 1:24
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I am merely walking and breathing dust. Make of me what You intend, not what I wish.
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