The Cost of No Decision
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian endeavoring to follow Jesus during the Nazi reign, wrote a benchmark book, The Cost of Discipleship. It is a call to forsake our attachments to this temporary world, for here we have no lasting city. It is a call to die to self and live for Christ.
The call of Jesus is not that we should expect God to cater to us. It is to abandon self to God. Yet we often prefer a Jesus that doesn’t mind materialism and would never ask us to
- empty ourselves for Him and for the advancement of His kingdom;
- to forsake our closest relationships to give Him all our affection;
- not infringe on our comforts; and
- choose to fight against the enemy as that would cause us to be anxious.
Instead we tend to shape a Jesus created in our image, the giver of comfort and prosperity. In doing so we may be worshipping ourselves, rather than the Jesus of the Bible.
Jesus gave the parable of the man who saw a treasure in a field, then sold, that is, risked all that he had to buy the field to secure that treasure. Yet we frequently pass up treasure for all eternity in instances when our values are higher than Kingdom values
We know in business and other areas of life, the greater the risk, the greater the reward. This is a theme of the Sermon on the Mount, where the Lord promises He is paying attention to our thoughts, our intents and our actions. One simple step in a good direction is to see what is in store for you, by completing a profile on MissionNext. Register or login.now. It is free and you can opt out at any time.
Nelson is the generic Evangelical baby-boomer. Born in 1946, raised in the C&MA, he attended Urbana ’67 in college. He holds an MS degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in R&D positions in American industry for 33 years. Nelson is an inventor with formal training in methods of creative problem-solving. He was a founding elder at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT (1982) and served in many leadership capacities of what is now one of the largest Evangelical churches in New England. In 1998 Nelson founded the Finishers Project, now MissionNext, and serves in program development. Locally he attends a Torah study and is chairman of the sewer commission to serve among unchurched leaders.