Are you a planner or more of a “let’s wing it” kind of person? When you are gearing up for a family vacation do you have the itinerary carefully laid out, or do you toss a suitcase in the trunk of your car and hope there’s a vacant hotel room someplace? Maybe you’re somewhere in between. Maybe it depends on the day, the trip, or the destination. Yet I suspect that most of us gravitate towards one end of the spectrum or the other.
What about God? The Bible is full of verses that point to the plans and purposes of God (Jeremiah 29:11, Ephesians 1:3-10). From before the beginning of time, God’s will was to “gather up all things in Christ, things in heaven and things on earth” (Eph. 1) There is great comfort in knowing that God isn’t simply “winging it” with Creation and hoping for the best. God is orchestrating a dream and vision for the Universe.
So in what way does it make sense to speak about God’s spontaneity, or dare we say, God’s recklessness? To be reckless is to act without caring about the consequences.
My sister recently told me about a song that is sweeping through churches and speaking to the hearts and souls of many people. It was written by a North Carolina native, a man named Cory Asbury, and it’s called Reckless Love. Cory wrote it after the birth of his first son, Gabriel, as he reflected on the depths of a father’s love. The chorus of the song goes:
“ O, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
O, 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
O, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah"
The song hooked me. It paints such a vivid picture of the Abba (Daddy) of Jesus, our Heavenly Father. It points to the father in the Prodigal Son story who, seeing his wayward child return home runs and embraces him, without knowing if the son would hug him back or callously walk away again. The point is that God’s love does not wait for a guarantee before it comes to us. God’s love simply comes...recklessly.
What I continue to love about Christ Lutheran is how the reckless love of God is made manifest. At McClintock Middle School on Tuesday nights. In our current, For CLT sermon series. In the CROP walk coming up again in October, and through so many other channels. We are a church that carefully plans our ministry. Yet when it comes to the love of God, we try to share it recklessly. That is, without expecting something “in return”.
“But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Today, ground yourself in the overwhelming, never-ending love of God for you.
Reckless Love on You Tube