“We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body”.
2 Cor 4:10 NIV
The great German Christian leader during World War II, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote a book called, “The Cost of Discipleship”. In it he said, “When Christ calls a man to be a disciple, he bids him come and die”. Being a disciple is not easy – nor is it cheap. Discipleship is costly. But Christ does call people. And some are ready to pay the price. Bonhoeffer was killed by the Nazis a few days before the end of World War II.
Christ had given Paul a new kind of life. In his travels as a missionary he suffered many privations. He said, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Phil 1:21 NIV). He lived as a missionary and minister to proclaim Christ crucified and lived under the cross all the time. But his ministry and mission of preaching Christ crucified brought life to many people. It still does. It was a new kind of life. It was one in which the power of the resurrection of Jesus lived again in those who united themselves to Christ as Paul himself had done. And just as the glory of God shone in his inspired life and ministry so it shone in the lives of the believers who came to know Christ through Paul’s ministry. These new believers “lived” Jesus as Paul and his fellow missionaries had done.
And Jesus wants you to be so united with him that his risen life shines out in all you do and say as well. This is a miracle – that the glory of God can be manifest in the lives of ordinary believers.
Lord, live again in me.
PRAYER OF INTERCESSION
Lord, I thank you for the Bible and all it teaches me about you. Thank you for those who wrote it over a long time span and all who copied it by hand over the early centuries. Thank you that it informs me, guides me, challenges me, comforts me, corrects me and inspires me. Thank you that it points me and leads me to Jesus. I thank you Lord. AMEN