Reckless Love

IMG_20170924_183052“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.”

The lyrics to this song have been rolling around in my mind for months. It’s overwhelming to hear how big God loves little me. Every time I hear this song, I turn it up all the way and feel like I could burst with peace and joy and all the wonderful things God has planted in me with the Holy Spirit – I literally could explode all of this fruit onto the people around me because this song, not only spiritually and emotionally, but physically, shakes me to my core (I probably shouldn’t be allowed to listen to it while I’m driving because I REALLY get into worship mode when it comes on). It just so perfectly illustrates the wonder of God’s uncontainable love – I mean, it’s insane how completely and utterly incomprehensible His love for us is. I mean, seriously, it’s impossible for us to wrap our minds around when we really think about it – a God who is everywhere all at once, wants to be a part of the smallest things in our world. God loves little me so very much – I mean, so, so very much. And to Him, there’s no part of me that is unimportant. He wants to infiltrate everything in me – even the ugliest places, the places that no one else sees. He wants to go there and be my Healer.

Oh, how beautiful is this love.

I am constantly caught off guard by how utterly good and perfect God is – I mean, there is no comparable thing. It’s completely astounding and incomprehensible. The expanse of His declarations of love and goodness over us are never-ending, never-failing, and all-consuming. I think we often fall short to consider the extent of sacrifice and discomfort Jesus endured. He bankrupted Heaven for us – the proud, hypocritical, fear-filled people we are – for us.

GUYS – SOMEONE WHO KNEW WE WOULD REJECT HIM DIED FOR US.

He literally died for us. Like, painfully. He suffered the ultimate rejection of literally everyone in the world.

EVERY SINGLE PERSON ON THE ENTIRE EARTH REJECTED HIM AND HE STILL DIED FOR EVERY SINGLE PERSON ON EARTH BECAUSE THAT IS HOW MUCH HE LOVES US.

One of my favorite reminders of this incomprehensible love God has for us is stated often by one of my pastors – she says this – “He loves us because He loves us because He loves us because He loves us.”

He just loves us. He created the great expanses of the heavens – everything in all creation submits to Him because He is so good and perfect. And He loves us.

But the idea of reckless love is this – in our greatest failures, our most horrible shortcomings, and shame-filled moments, He swept out of Heaven because He wants so desperately to have a relationship with us – He died for it.

He saw past the pain of the cross for the joy that was to come. The joy of eternity, the Kingdom come, each of us – He saw beyond the right then because He knew what was now and not yet. The Kingdom had come, was coming, and hadn’t yet arrived, and He understood the significance of that Kingdom and that joy that was coming that had come and would come.

I can’t get over it – He bankrupted heaven.

He left everything for us. And it wasn’t comfortable.

It was painful. He died on a cross – how could we possibly look at it as anything but reckless? He suffered the greatest pain imaginable to save each individual person, many who have, are, and will reject Him – that’s on top of leaving Heaven and the cross-pain.

Can we even come close to fathoming how deep and completely overwhelming God’s love is when we look at it this way?

He leaves everything – and I mean everything – to see to it that we have the possibility, the choice, to engage in deeper relationship with Him.

“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!” (Luke 15:4-7)

Heaven rejoices when just one comes home, and Jesus would have died for just the one because He loves us so much. He’s willing to throw “caution” to the wind and die if it means even the smallest possibility of saving us – and so He did.

“When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me. You have been so, so good to me. When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me. You have been so, so kind to me.”

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With Love,

Hannah

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