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.

Scripture

Luke 15:1-7: Parable of the Lost Sheep

Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them!

So Jesus told them this story: “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!

Application

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.

Prayer

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.

 

One Comment

  • Some days I’m not sure if I’m part of the 99, or the one whose lost and he’s trying to bring back. A lot to think about here but bottom line, he is an awesome God and I know he’s never far from my side.
    Again I say, these devotions need to be published in a Yearly, daily prayer journal. You’ve got enough probably for 3-4 books!!! Thanks for sharing.

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