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How Will We Be Remembered?

Quote I read last night:

The prison doctor at Flossenburg, having no idea whom he was watching, later recalled: “I saw Pastor Bonhoeffer kneeling on the floor, praying fervently to God . . . so certain that God heard his prayer. . . . I have hardly ever seen a man die so entirely submissive to the will of God.” (BONHOEFFER: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy; by: Eric Metaxas; page: 237).

What a legacy! What a way to remembered; is what I kept thinking as I read this last night. I told it to a friend and she stated, “wow wouldn’t you love to have that on your tombstone.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a theologian  in Germany during the rise of Hitler, who fought against the Nazi’s and challenged the Church to take a stand Biblically. This would ultimately cost him his life, as he was arrested and ultimately martyred for plotting against Hitler.

He is probably most well-known for writing, “The Cost of Discipleship” in which he states that:

When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die

Living his life this way ultimately cost him his life. Could of perhaps fled Germany to somewhere safer, but chose to stay; and is remembered as one who died entirely submissive to the will of God.

How submissive am I?

How submissive are you?

Even if it means death?

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

~ Galatians 2:20

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

~ Philippians 1:21

How will we be remembered?

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Categories: Christianity
  1. February 24, 2012 at 8:53 am | #1

    Thank you for the challenge. And the reminder. We are not here to live for ourselves.

  1. April 22, 2012 at 9:53 pm | #1

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