When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship
“I have to remember that I follow Jesus, I don’t follow followers of Jesus.”
- Anie Lamott
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People always give me a double-take when I describe God as the “Mad Hatter.” But when you consider the wonderfully, ludicrous nature of the gospel, you just have to laugh…and that laughter is good news. Here’s one example…
Jesus said that if we are going to follow him, we have to “give up everything” – the one life and all that we have in it. But, think about it: in order to be empty enough to receive His grace, we are going to have to give it up anyway! Every single one of us is going to die one day and give it all up. So, the cost of the kingdom is exactly what we have to pay one day anyway. Pay now and get everything; or pay later and get nothing. His grace is the best deal in town.