Cheap Grace Vs. Costly Grace

In a world in which truth is becoming more and more relative, we need to read the works of men like Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Eric Metaxas labeled Bonhoeffer as a “pastor, martyr, prophet, and spy” in his biography, and all those labels are true.

He furiously tried to live out what he believed, even to the point of being apart of the assassination attempts on Hitler shortly after writing his famous work, “ethics.”

In The Cost of Discipleship, Bonhoeffer talks about cheap grace (grace that wants to be forgiven, but not be totally transformed by Christ) and costly grace (grace that invites the entire person to be transformed by Christ no matter the cost). Regarding these two types of grace, Bonhoeffer writes:

“It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son: ‘ye were bought at a price,’ and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us.”

I asked this question to myself and our church this weekend as we sang Worth it Alland I’ll ask you here today:

Is there something that Jesus is asking you to give up in an effort to be totally transformed by His grace and not just forgiven?

Or, is there something you need to take on that you haven’t said yes to yet because of the cost that will come with it?

Whatever Jesus is saying to you about this, be reminded – it is worth it! He is worth it.

Life is better on the other side of whatever He’s asking you to give up or take on.

Believe it and go for it.

It’s worth it. He’s worth it.


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