Miscellaneous

He Leaves The Ninety-Nine (Luke 15:7)

I found this old video on my phone from the summer of 2018 that made me smile as I watched it and thought about God’s love in this particular season of my family’s life.

We couldn’t earn it and we don’t deserve it, yet “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). The way God loves us is so radical that we lack the capacity to fully grasp it, comprehend it, or describe it in words.

If you’re familiar with the Parable of the Lost Sheep from the gospels of Matthew and Luke, you’ll recall that Jesus tells the story of the shepherd who leaves the 99 sheep in order to go after the 1 single, lost sheep.

Now to us, it seems completely backwards and foolish to leave the 99 for the 1. But at the culmination of the story in Luke 15:7 Jesus explains, “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine [who believe they are] righteous and do not need to repent.”

Our human rationale may tell us that leaving the 99 for 1 is “reckless”. Likewise, the fact that God gave His one and only sinless, perfect Son in exchange for the sins of mankind, is also difficult to comprehend. But the beauty and mystery of it all is that a love that seems so irrational to us, is perfectly designed by a sovereign God who is always in control, and by His very nature is immutable and anything but reckless.

While our imperfect words often fail to describe a perfect God, may our hearts cry out in worship as we recognize the overwhelming, never-ending, “reckless” love of God.

Note: I’m personally a huge stickler for words and song lyrics, and the writers of this song used the word “reckless” as a metaphor to describe, in human terms, the way God’s love and resulting actions appear to the rest of creation. They’re on record saying that they know and absolutely believe that God Himself is in no way reckless. Just an FYI. 😉

Reckless Love (by Cory Asbury)

Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me
You have been so, so good to me
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
You have been so, so kind to me

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til 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

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

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
And I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

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

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
And I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

 

Humble Beginnings (Luke 2:1-7)

“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” (Luke 2:1-7)

The story of Jesus birth was anything but the grand welcoming of a king. Matter of fact, his birth story was littered with hardships and inconveniences more fit for a slave than royalty. (more…)

Seek God (Jeremiah 29:13)

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jer. 29:13)

There are many people in this world who claim to have no evidence of God in their lives or in this world. Furthermore, there are those who may believe in God, but don’t have a healthy and flouring relationship with Him. Why is that? (more…)

For In You I Take Refuge (Psalm 16:1-2)

When I opened my Email this morning, the Daily Bible Verse I got from theDailyBibleVerse.org said:

“Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.'” (Psa. 16:1-2)

Funny, because I also ran into these verses this morning before I even saw that Email:

“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.” (Psa. 118:8)

“Put not your trust in princes, in mortal man, who cannot save.” (Psa. 146:3) (more…)

Thoughts from a Men’s Retreat

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’” (1 Sam. 16:7)

I wanted to share the 10 main points that a speaker shared this weekend at a Men’s Retreat I attended. The theme was “Men of Godly Character”. Of course all of these apply to women as well. (more…)