If you own a radio, television, computer or even just a phone, you have probably heard the 2018 GMA Dove Award winning “Song of the Year” “Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury. It’s a Sunday morning staple all around the country and undeniably the world. We belt out, at the top of our lungs, with no shame, the lyrics that speak to how God will stop at nothing to pursue us with His love. It’s “overwhelming, never-ending, and reckless,” just to name a few words from the lyrics. It breaks down every barrier and cuts through every obstacle just to pursue closeness with us. We all get that tingly feeling in our hearts and spirits when we take a moment to let that sink in, and it touches a lot of us in our relationships with Jesus. The thought that no matter what I do, or what attempts to be done to me, He’ll leave the “99” just to come after one, and that one is me.
The idea of the reckless love of God is very real to me, but through a conversation with a co-worker I came to understand it on an even deeper level. She was telling me of her background and growing up in a different religion than Christianity. Throughout her lifetime she was very hurt by this organization and, as an adult, had sworn off all religion. She was determined to never be involved with any god. Then she met two friends. One of them gently, and nicely invited her to church regularly during various activities they did together. Then, another friend came in with a little stronger approach, letting her know that she needed to develop a relationship with God. This went on for over a year when she finally gave in and visited a church service. As the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ was being preached, she couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed, to the point that tears were running down her face. She realized Jesus had died for her sins, and contrary to what the other religion taught her, she could be close to and have a relationship with God as a result. Not through anything she had done or could do, but through what had already been done on the cross. She made a decision to receive Christ as her Savior that same day and never looked back.
In the other religion she was a part of, everything was works based. God’s love and your connection to His people was predicated on what you do. However the true Gospel turns all of that on its head in that, “But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 CSB) Before we could do anything right or wrong, He died for our sins. Which means there is no amount of work we can do to earn God’s love. He gave us His Son, as the sacrificial Lamb, because of His love. Her story encouraged me in that it demonstrates how patient and loving God is in His pursuit of us. It doesn’t matter how long it takes, He stops at nothing with His reckless love. As we approach Christmas, we are reminded of the birth of Jesus. Take a moment to thank our Father for allowing Jesus to be born, that He might die, in order to demonstrate God’s overwhelming, never-ending love for me and you.