Once again, it was a song rather than a devotional that sent me into the Bible today. The passage is so familiar that it’s easy to skim rather than digging in with intention. But the song made me do just that.
Luke 15:1-7: Parable of the Lost Sheep
Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. 2 This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them!
3 So Jesus told them this story: 4 “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? 5 And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. 6 When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 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!
There’s no shadow You won’t light up
Mountain You won’t climb up
Coming after me
There’s no wall You won’t kick down
Lie You won’t tear down
Coming after me
“Reckless Love” puts Luke 15:1-7 to music and brings that passage alive in terms we can all understand. Because most of us have been there, or know someone who is in that lost place right now.
Listen beginning at 5:32 to Cory Asbury tell the story behind the song.
Dear God, You ARE “a Father who never gives up.” I’ve never listened so carefully to the words of this song as I did this morning. Thank You for Your overwhelming, never-ending reckless love. Your love sticks with us when we deny you, run from you, even hate You. You don’t care: You will keep coming after us, leaving the 99 to chase down the one.
Saying “thank You” isn’t enough, Lord. But knowing that You will never leave lost ones behind fills me up with confident hope and brings me peace. Please make my life shine the truth of Your grace and my gratitude for You–the God of a Gazillion Chances. In Jesus’ name I pray all this. Amen.