Sunday, March 18, 2012

Come and die....

Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a shining example to me of a man who was crucified to this world and the world was crucified to him (Galatians 6:14). In his book, The Crucified Life, AW Tozer says this: 

In my mind, one man epitomizes what one must pay, or give up, for the crucified life. That man was Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who lived under the shadow of the mad nihilist Adolf Hitler. 

As war clouds formed over Europe, Bonhoeffer left Germany and carried out his work in England. It was not long before his Christian conscience would not allow him to be in a place of safety when his country was experiencing turmoil… 

After returning to Germany…he was soon arrested by the infamous Gestapo and clapped into jail…During this time he served his fellow prisoners…He was, fellow prisoners said, “a giant before men…but a child before God.” 

Bonhoeffer was…a man of remarkable spiritual insight…He said, “…the grace of God would cost us everything we have…maybe even our lives.” 

The Nazi’s pulled the old totalitarian trick: “You better buckle down and shut up, because we’ve got your family as hostages. And if you don’t do what we ask you… we will kill your family.” 

These sorts of threats usually worked, but the Nazi’s had never come up against a man like Dietrich Bonhoeffer. With a calmness and serenity only Christ can give, he replied, “My family belongs to God, and you’ll never get me to surrender by threatening tkill my family.”

Years before Bonhoeffer wrote, “When God calls a man, He bids him come and die.” On April 9, 1945at the concentration camp Bonhoeffer was called on to do just that. He refused to allow himself to be rescued, lest he endanger certain others, so, “he went steadfastly on his way to be hanged, and died with admirable calmness and dignity.”

Too many people  in WWII Germany and too many people today are consumed with pursuing intellectualism, pride, success, money, lust, and other lethal worldly pursuits. God Sent Bonhoeffer as a seeing man to warn a blind nation. I wonder if He is not asking some of us to, “Come and die, so that I might be revealed to a rebellious and stiff-necked people.”
If we don’t fight for costly grace who will?


Natasha said...

The testimony of this man is challenging and encouraging... life like that is a pearl in God's hand...

Vicky said...

All I know is I want that kind of intimate fellowship with My Maker. If these men could die to self so can we. We have the same Holy Spirit, the same Living Word of God, the hosts of heaven fighting for us, and an amazing crowd of witnesses surrounding us ~ like these men.

Its time we stop making excuses....Its time to be RADICAL for Jesus...this vapor of a life will soon pass away and I don't want to waste anymore of it.