A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

This image and this quote from Nietzsche are very moving for me. I believe this is the mindset needed for all who will follow Jesus in our "post-Christian" culture, which is also becoming steadily "anti-Christian." 

Bonhoeffer called it the "cost of discipleship."

Jesus said, "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the Kingdom of God" (Luke 9:62).

The Apostle Paul says (paraphrased) "I have not yet arrived, but I know where I am headed and I press on: (Philippians 3:12-17).

The author of Hebrews says, "run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus . . . Consider him who endure such opposition from sinful man, so tht you will not grow weary and lose heart . . . Endure hardship as discipline . . ." (Hebrews 12:1-3, 7).

It is a long obedience. A long, slow, deep, difficult, particular obedience in the same direction.

May you have much grace for this journey of faith and obedience.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International