“Costly grace” is how Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in The Cost of Discipleship, described the call of Jesus: “Follow Me!” He explained that Jesus’ call is costly because we are called to follow – to commit our lives to Him and to obey. His call is gracious because it is a call to follow Jesus Christ – the One who loves us and gave His life for us.
“Follow Me” is only one of many commands that Jesus gave us. A computer search on the commands of Jesus resulted in a list of over 300! Some are implied, as in the case of Jesus’ words to the Samaritan woman: “God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). Some were obviously directed to specific individuals and not to all of us, e.g. Jesus’ telling His disciples, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat” (John 21:6) to find a large catch of fish.
This year’s devotional study will look at the commands of Jesus. We will examine what Jesus is asking of us in these commands, as well as what His commands teach us about Him. I hope we will find that following Jesus’ commands leads us into a deeper relationship with God as well as healthier relationships with our families, friends, and neighbors.
Imagine a miner who knows the location of a very rich gold mine and who wants to share his discovery with his friends. He has drawn a map so that his fellow prospectors can find it. Obviously, those who are searching would follow that map in detail! In His commands, Jesus has given us a map to a gold mine of spiritual treasures! Together this Lent, let’s look at that map and follow the path He has set.
Your sister in Jesus,
Pastor Carol Peters