Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock. Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. 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. Above all, it is grace because God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered him up for us. Costly grace is the Incarnation of God. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
I had an interesting conversation with a friend. She said she reads my other blog but not this one because: I just can’t get into all the sweet grace stuff. I don’t buy it. I’m not there and I don’t want to hear about it.
This friend is a Christian which added to the impact of her statement. Her comment has been circling my head for days. Have I been touting sweet grace? Do I coat grace with a pleasing to the palette shell?
I believe the Good New is good. I want these two minutes to be thoughtful and encouraging.
But that doesn’t mean I take grace lightly.
Grace is a lot of things but it isn’t sweet.
Grace is a messy, bloody business.
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 try never to confuse free with cheap.
That’s what makes it amazing!