Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Disciplines of God

September 10

Theological work and real pastoral fellowship can only grow in a life which is governed by gathering around the Word morning, and evening and by fixed times of prayer.~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer


The disciplines I practice are not necessarily those The Lord would have me practice. Discipline is nothing more then habit born over time out of repetitious actions. We are all disciplined at something but the discipline of The Lord is something altogether different then those – even the ones that would be considered good – then the discipline God speaks of in His word.

The discipline of God is the repetitious actions we form born of, first our thinking on God and second our acting out of compulsion that this kind of thinking ultimately brings about. It begins in our thinking on Him but is carried out in our willingness and readiness to respond to the thoughts and the heart of our Savior.

Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.”   

                   ~ D. Bonhoeffer

But am I ready for such lofty responsibilities? Am I prepared to go all out and fully in for the sake of the cross? I know I’m ready when I arrive at the moment where I no longer think OR calculate this question but simply begin to respond mere moments after He brings His thoughts to mind. When Holy actions precede my thinking I am drawing nearer to becoming the disciplined, Christ-following disciple He is working constantly to transform me into.

Peace, Sean Gutteridge

Today’s Scripture:

Psalm 12:6

The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.

Proverbs 12:1

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.


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