“So Jesus used this illustration: “If you had a hundred sheep and one of them strayed away and was lost in the wilderness, wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine others to go and search for the lost one until you found it?” (Luke 15:3-4)
A very popular worship song uses this verse to express God’s love for us. The chorus of “Reckless Love,” co-written by Cory Asbury as well as Caleb Culver and Ran Jackson with Bethel Music, goes:
O, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God O, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine.
What a great picture of God’s love. Not that God is reckless, but that his action can be considered reckless or maybe a better word is foolish. “We might call it ‘foolishness,’ and I think that’s spot-on. By the world’s standards, God’s love is foolish. It’s extravagant, inefficient, scandalous” (Wen Reagan).
Jesus came after us. Most religion are based on man trying to seek God (works), but God came to seek us and die for us (Romans 5:8). By faith we accept what Jesus did (Ephesians 2:8-9). That is what this reckless love is all about. Christ came down from heaven, became a man to die for us. What love!
Even more amazing is that nothing can come between us and God’s love (Romans 8:38-39). Jesus the Good shepherd (John 10:11) came to find the lost sheep (us). That is reckless love. We need to first believe it and then act on this love and place our trust in Jesus.
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Question: Do you understand that this “reckless” love can save you and make you a child of God? Have you, by faith, accepted Jesus as you Lord and Savior?
Challenge: Tell someone today about God’s “reckless” love for you.
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for seeking me and dying for me so that I can spend eternity with you. Thank you for your “reckless” love.
-- Jack Hughes - Baseball Chapel Leader, Clearwater Threshers
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