As I drove for lunch a couple of days ago, I encountered a strange scene downtown. First I noticed a man walking in the middle of the street. He was actually wandering back and forth in each lane. He was definitely in the street. And just between me and him was a late model car driven by quite an old man. He was stopping where there weren’t stop signs and stopping to watch the strange walking man. In fact, he stopped in the middle of the block just to watch that man. When he drove he only got up to about 10 miles an hour.
Both people were being reckless. And I felt sorry for both of them – neither were in their right faculties and neither was being safe. Reckless in our little downtown area.
God’s love for us is reckless, the singer croons. It’s true. He loves that man weaving down the middle of the street. He loves the elderly man who was a danger in his big car. He loves you and me. At their worst, we want to both stare and look away at people who seem out of control. But God comes right into the mess, our mess, and takes our hand, hugs us close and asks us to let Him be Lord of our lives. We think God’s love is reckless at any rate – why would He love them? Why would He love me? We’ve seen them and what they can do. We know us and who we really are. Yet God abandons conventional wisdom and goes after the lost sheep, the powerless sheep, the wounded, reckless, useless sheep.
Oh beloved, today is the day. It’s time. You’ve tried being good enough, presentable enough and well behaved enough. Truth is beneath it all you’ve got problems you can’t fix – problems of the heart, the mind and the spirit. You’re weary and unhappy. You’re becoming more unsteady and you wonder where you’re going to find help. That’s okay. Because today is the day you are going to give it all up and let the unbelievable love of God, written on the cross, sealed by the unsealed tomb, come in a clean you up, dress you up and pick you up out of the old life and into the new. No more weaving in and out of His will. No more gawking at your dreams, hiding from your fears and wishing you could figure it all out. You are being set free from being you and taken into the realm of being who Christ has made you – saved, sealed, delivered, set free, born again, at liberty, no longer in captivity, no longer wandering dangerously in life and finally home where your heart should always stay.
God loves you and He’s for you. Doesn’t matter to Him if you’ve served Him faithfully or if you’ve wandered in and out of His will. He accepts you just as you are, He knows all about you, He loves the real you. And His plan is to take you out of reckless living, haphazard hopes, and unsure prayers. He is bringing you into His inner circle to give you a fresh start and a hope beyond all hope. Rejoice that you are full of His wisdom power and love as you live fully abandoned to His overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love!
Romans 5:6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners – the ungodly.
Isaiah 44:22 I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free
I Corinthians 1:26-27 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
Psalm 31:5 Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have ransomed me, O LORD, God of truth.
Psalm 103:4 Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion