The Reckless Love of God || guest post by Ryan Lewis

We are introducing a new song at Living Word this Sunday called “Reckless Love”. We look forward to singing this together as a church family, considering our own stories and how fiercely the Lord’s love pursues His children. 

My small son Jude is just learning how to color. He has absolutely no desire to keep his crayons within the outlines of his coloring book, let alone the page itself. He doesn’t play by the “rules” of coloring. Jude’s artwork is completely uninhibited. He doesn’t care what others will think.  

Our God’s love has that same pure, uninhibited quality. He sometimes moves outside the lines of our understanding that we expect Him to stay within. Jesus himself completely frustrated anyone who thought they had a good grasp of the nature of God, and this is evident through so many of His interactions recorded in scripture. He was constantly correcting, reorienting, and rebuilding our understanding of God and the nature of His love.  

One of the ways God “colors outside the lines” can be seen in the way he pursues us. Humanity is so broken and undeserving of His love. And yet, God sent His son to die for us, knowing full well that He also gave us the free will to reject that expression of love if we choose. In that way, His love is not rational or logical. There is a voracity to it, and it’s extravagant. You could even say… it’s a bit reckless. 

Jesus said in Luke 15: “who of you [religious leaders], having a hundred sheep, would not leave 99 of them in the open countryside to find one that was lost?” (v4, paraphrased). This is the nature of our Father’s love. He pursues us, and promises that there is “more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner repents than over 99 righteous people who do not need repentance.” (v7) 

“His love leaves the ninety-nine to find the one every time. To many practical adults, that’s a foolish concept. ‘But what if he loses the ninety-nine in search of the one?’ What if? Finding that one lost sheep is, and will always be, supremely important.”
—Cory Asbury 

Jude will someday learn how to color within the lines. He will learn the “rules”. Even though we should never expect God to live within the confines of our understanding, this does not mean we cannot grow to know a great deal about who He is. We should never cease to pursue Him, just as he pursues us.  

Recklessly. 

oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
oh, it chases me down, fights till I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still You give Yourself away
oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God