I am in the process of reading Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet and Spy by Eric Metaxas. If you aren’t familiar with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, I urge you to pick up a copy of this biography, or do your own independent research on this devout Christian who gave his life to proclaim the gospel of Christ during the reign of Hitler.
Much of his efforts and Christian walk were based on his understanding of the teaching of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, which is found in the gospel of Matthew. Bonhoeffer believed that this passage of scripture depicted true Christian discipleship. He defined discipleship as “our becoming like Christ who enables us to model our lives on his as the only ‘Pattern’ we must follow.”
Matthew 5-7 (Sermon on the Mount by Themes)
5:3-12 – The Beatitudes
5:13-16 – Salt and Light
5:17-20 – Jesus fulfilled the Law
5:21-26 – Anger and Murder
5:27-30 – Lust and Adultery
5:31-32 – Divorce and Remarriage
5:33-37 – Oaths
5:38-42 – Eye for an Eye
5:43-48 – Love your enemies
6:1-4 – Give to the Needy
6:5-15 – How to Pray
6:16-18 – How to Fast
6:19-24 – Treasures in Heaven
6:25-34 – Do not worry
7:1-6 – Do not judge hypocritically
7:7-12 – Ask, Seek, Knock
7:13-14 – The Narrow Gate
7:15-23 – False Prophets
7:24-27 – The Wise Builder
Although I have yet to complete the bio, I am still compelled to share with you a quote from Bonhoeffer, which illustrates his life as presented in Metaxas’ book.
“We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God.
God will be constantly crossing our paths and canceling our plans by sending us people with claims and petitions.
We may pass them by, preoccupied with our more important tasks . . .
It is a strange fact that Christians frequently consider their work so important and urgent that they will allow nothing to disturb them . . .
But it is part of the discipline of humility that we must not spare our hand where it can perform a service and that we do not assume our schedule is our own to manage, but allow it to be rearranged by God.”
He believed that to know God, was to obey God!
Thanks for visiting AnEncouragedHeart. Signing off…God Bless! Cynthia