Reckless Love - Pastor Bri Hickman - February 20th, 2018

 “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, and I don't deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah”
Reckless Love by Cory Asbury

      After Sunday’s message, the song Reckless Love has been stuck in my head. I have had the words above run through my head probably about a thousand times a day. As Bob spoke about Sunday, sheep lose their way a nibble at a time, and eventually they don’t know their way back home. The parable of the Lost Sheep in Luke 15 is the analogy of the Shepherd who has lost one of his one-hundred sheep and instead of leaving the one behind, the shepherd leaves the ninety-nine found sheep to find the one lost sheep. One of my favorite parts of this story is the line in Luke 15:5-6, “and when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home.” The song Reckless Love by Cory Asbury is a beautiful picture of this parable in a way that views us as the sheep who are lost. We couldn’t earn and we don’t deserve for the Shepherd to come looking for us, but yet He still does. Our Shepherd and Savior has left the ninety-nine to find the one lost one. And when He finds us, He JOYFULLY puts us on His shoulders and takes us HOME. 1 Peter 2:25 says, “For "you were like sheep going astray," but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” God calls us HOME to Him, and He will do anything to get us there. He will chase after us with His Love to find us. Later in the bridge of the song, it states, “There’s no shadow You won’t light up, Mountain You won’t climb up, You’re coming after me. There’s no wall You won’t kick down, Lie You won’t tear down, You’re coming after me.” This is such a huge promise that there is NOTHING that will hold God’s love from chasing after us. We don’t deserve the love that God has for us, but yet He still gives it to us freely and desires for us to know His love.

Praying you see and feel His love for you this week!