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There’s So Much More

“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.”

– Romans 14:17,18

Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote a famous book called “The Cost of Discipleship.” He was a famous pastor from Germany during the Second World War. Dietrich was also a professor and a committed Christian who started an underground seminary and spoke out against the Nazi regime. Standing up for the Jewish people who were being persecuted, he spoke out against Adolph Hitler. The fact that he died in a concentration camp is a clear indication that discipleship is not free, as he paid a great price for it. There are, however, certain costs associated with non-discipleship that you should also be aware of.  

If we live our lives without access to the chain-breaking power of the Spirit of God, then we pay a heavy price. Living a life that is not at peace with God has a cost. When you wake up every morning not knowing what your purpose or vision is for your life, there is a cost involved. Waking up and not giving your all to the Lord has a cost. The joy, the power, and the life that comes from being among God’s people has a cost. 

Friend, certainly, the greatest reason we preach the gospel is so that people will be able to go to heaven one day. There is nothing like the assurance of eternal life, but the truth is, there’s so much more to it than that. Your life is filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, a power that heals families, heals nations, heals bodies, heals minds, does miracles, and works wonders in your life today. That’s a message that’s worth embracing and living, amen?

Prayer


Father, be with me as I embrace the cost of discipleship.

Reflection


Are you aware of the cost of non-discipleship? What can you do to choose to be a disciple?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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