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Bonhoeffer, with respect to Matthew 6:19-24 says this:

The life of discipleship can only be maintained so long as nothing is allowed to come between Christ and ourselves— neither the law, nor personal piety, nor even the world. The disciple always looks only to his master, never to Christ and the law, Christ and religion, Christ and the world… Only by following Christ alone can he preserve a single eye… Thus the heart of the disciple must be set upon Christ alone…

Worldly possessions tend to turn the hearts of the disciples away from Jesus. What are we really devoted to? That is the question. Are our hearts set on earthly goods? Do we try to combine devotion to them with loyalty to Christ? Or are we devoted exclusively to him?…

“The singleness of eye and heart corresponds to that ‘hiddenness’ which knows nothing but the call and word of Christ… How can the disciple have dealings with earthly goods and yet preserve this singleness of heart?” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship, 173-4).

I love his questions: “Do we try to combine devotion to [earthly goods] with loyalty to Christ? Or are we devoted exclusively to him?” So much of my existence as a professing Christian has been comprised of attempts to combine devotion to earthly goods with loyalty to Christ. Onward to pursue the hiddenness that knows nothing but the call and word of Christ…..

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