This new popular Cory Asbury song has really gotten me thinking about what it means to be reckless. In our simple human spectrum, to be reckless is to be careless, thoughtless, hasty, impulsive, or irresponsible (Google dictionary).
But in God’s realm, reckless takes on a totally new meaning and significance. God is all about the audacious – with His love, His compassion, His care, His forgiveness, His grace, and His mercy.
He gives in abundance.
He gives continually.
He gives unconditionally.
Without question, without qualm, without quibble.
He has great care for us, wanting to touch and transform our hearts. He has much thought for us, allowing us to use the gifts He has given us to be part of His purposes. Nothing He does or allows is impulsive or without consideration of the consequences. Everything is filtered through His grace to bring glory to His name. He is a guardian of our hearts, never irresponsible with our soul. He knows what we will allow to touch it, and He will use everything to refine us in the image of Jesus and reform us by amazing measures of grace.
He gives to us, and it will be without measure and with great pleasure as long as we allow it.
So much different from us simple humans.
I keep thinking how we are reckless – but usually not in the same unconditional and forgiving ways as God.
Because we tend toward selfishness instead of selflessness. We often do what will help us advance or succeed instead of loving like Jesus did (perhaps at personal cost). We often speak to help our agenda or defend our “rightness” instead of listening, praying, or considering our impact. We often think in terms of judgment, pity, or condemnation instead of seeing a beloved child of God who needs grace.
We are often people whose importance is “me”. What have I earned? What do I deserve? What will you do for me? We focus on ourselves. We center on what we need and want. We lean in only because it benefits us.
When God has called us to reckless – aka audacious – love and grace. How can I help you? How can I encourage you? How can I show you that you are important?
And I readily admit that it is HARD for me to be so reckless. To take my eyes, my heart, and my mind off me – at times it is almost impossible. Because in those moments my flesh has taken control, demanding everything it thinks I am lacking and driving me constantly back to me, to make all I say, do, and think all about me.
And in those times it takes God’s audacious grace to pull me out of the quicksand of “me” and set me right again.
So now I stop and consider what I am audacious about. Is it mostly me and my well-being? Or am I on alert for opportunities of grace God surrounds me with?
Loving Father, thank You for Your audacious love toward us, which never gives up on us and always encourages more of You in our lives. Help everyone reading this to become more reckless for and with You. Help us to see each opportunity for audacious love and grace You put in front of us – and to recklessly go after it, for Your glory. In Jesus’ almighty name. AMEN!
An extra nugget:
Here’s the great irony: as much as I am for and about me, how much more is God! He is reckless for me and with me and about me, wanting me to benefit and be blessed. He wants me to experience the FULL measure of His love – in having abundant joy, peace, hope, healing, forgiveness, and contentment.
Marie Fremin. 5/19/18