Dose of Deitrich – Effectual Change?

Posted: 31st January 2011 by Rob in Uncategorized

In Eric Metaxes book “Bonhoeffer – Pastor,  Martyr, Prophet, Spy,” he writes that Bohnoeffer was deeply affect by the experiences in America as a 22 year old in 1932 and concern for the Church in a soon to be Nazi Germany. In 1936, in a letter to Elizabeth Zinn, his fiance’, he reflects on his own life of faith in Christ.

I plunged into my work in a very unchristian way. An…ambition that many noticed in me made my life difficult…Then something happened, something has changed and transformed my life to the present day. For the first time I discovered the Bible…I had often preached. I had seen a great deal of the Church and talked and preached about it- but I had not yet become a Christian…I know that at that time I turned the doctrine of Jesus into something of personal advantage for myself…I pray to God that will never happen again. Also, I had never prayed , or prayed very little. For all my loneliness, I was quite pleased with myself. Then the Bible, and in particular the Sermon on the Mount, freed me from that. Since then everything has changed. I have felt this plainly, and so have others about me. It was a great liberation. It became clear to me that the life of a servant of Jesus Christ must belong to the Church, and step by step it became plainer to me how far that must go. Then came the crisis in 1933.  It strengthened me in it. Also I now found others who shared that aim with me. The revival of the Church and of the ministry became my supreme concern…My calling is quite clear to me. What God will make of it I do not know…I must follow the path. Perhaps it will not be such a long one. (Phil 1:23). But it is a fine thing to have realized my calling…I believe nobility will become plain to us in coming times and events. If only we can hold out.

God does move in mysterious ways!