Cheap grace is preaching forgiveness without repentance; it is baptism without the discipline of community; it is the Lord’s Supper without confession of sin; it is absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without the living, incarnate Jesus Christ.…
Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which has to be asked for, the door at which one has to knock.
It is costly, because it calls to discipleship; it is grace, because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Discipleship, DBW 4, Kindle ed’n, pp.44–45
Has anyone ever said to you, ‘Be careful what you wish for?’
A couple had been married for thirty five years and was celebrating the wife’s sixtieth birthday.
During the party, a fairy appeared and said that because they had been such a loving couple all those years, she would give them one wish each.
The wife said, ‘We’ve been so poor all these years, and I’ve never seen the world.
‘I wish we could travel all over the world.’
The fairy waved her wand and ZAP! The wife had the tickets in her hand.
Next, it was the husband’s turn.
He paused for a moment and then said, ‘Well, I’d like to be married to a woman thirty years younger than me.’
The fairy waved her wand and ZAP! Now, the husband was ninety years old.
Be very careful what you wish for.
Jesus said something very like that to James and John. They had a question for him, a favour to be granted:
Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.
That’s nice, eh? You can imagine sitting on either side of Jesus when his true glory is revealed. I wonder what the two Zebedee brothers thought it would be like, sitting one either side of Jesus on his throne? Continue reading