“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?” - Matthew 18:12
There is a popular worship song being sung all over the earth at present, called ‘Reckless Love’ by Cory Asbury. The song seems to be striking a chord in the hearts of many due to the way it gives fresh expression to God’s great love for us all. Here are some of the lyrics below:
“Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God Oh, it chases me down, fights ‘til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God,”
None of us deserve the attention of heaven but yet we
have God’s undivided attention all of the time, regardless of whether we are aware of it. When Jesus came to earth, died on a cross and rose again three days later He really did go to hell and back to find us in our sin. He empties Himself over and over and again in pursuit of us, in the hope that we will wholeheartedly turn toward His extravagant love on a daily basis. He chased us down, fought the good fight and left
all comforts of glory to chase us down. Some say recklessly even. The challenge for us as disciples is to follow Him into this life, pouring ourselves out for others and leaving that which we find comfortable behind us for the sake of the one.
Ask God to reveal one person to you who may be in need of love and encouragement in some way. Amen.
What would it look like for you to go outside of our comfort zone, to love or encourage this person recklessly in the coming weeks? Put into action a simple plan that goes above-and-beyond in revealing God’s love to this person. It could simply be a note of encouragement or text written to a person every day for a week without fail.