10 Reasons Why Discipleship Is Hard

Fishers-of-Men-610x350“When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

  1. Getting up at 5:00 AM to meet with people is hard.
  2. Asking questions about marriage, sex and ambition is hard.
  3. Telling a dude in a loving way that there is a serious lack of passion in his life is hard.
  4. Admitting that you are the one who blew it again is hard.
  5. Feeling worthy to disciple another person when you know what kind of sinner you are is hard.
  6. Fighting the idol of success (large crowds) while getting involved in the slow, time-consuming messiness of other people is hard.
  7. Keeping after it when you don’t see much progress is hard.
  8. Not going out of your mind when someone tells you that they are too busy is hard.
  9. Going beyond accountability to creating true fishers of men is hard.
  10. Creating a culture of discipleship in an age of consumerism is hard.

Boomerang Effect of Non-Discipleship in the Church (Bonhoeffer)

What price are we paying in the church today for not calling people to true discipleship?

Bonhoeffer“But do we realize that this cheap grace has turned back on us like a boomerang? The price we are having to pay today in the shape of the collapse of the organized church is only the inevitable consequence of our policy of making grace available to all at too low a cost. We gave away the Word and sacraments wholesale, we baptized, confirmed, and absolved a nation unasked and without condition. Our humanitarian sentiment made us give that which is holy to the scornful and unbelieving. We poured forth unending streams of grace. But the call to follow Jesus in the narrow way was hardly ever heard.” -The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (p. 54)