One of my favorite all time worship songs is Reckless Love, written and sung by Cory Asbury. It’s about how Jesus Christ will leave the 99 sheep and go after the one that had run off and gotten lost (Luke 15:4-5). This has always been the heart of Christ, to find the lost no matter what the cost, there’s no shadow He won’t light up, mountain He won’t climb up, coming after you. There’s no wall He won’t kick down, lie He won’t tear down, coming after you. That’s the pure love of our Savior. Do you know this kind of Reckless Love is first mentioned in the Bible (Gen. 22:2), when Abraham was asked by God to offer up Isaac his son, “take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you LOVE and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there.” This Reckless Love is the love of the Father for the Son, found in Abraham’s willingness to offer up his son as a sacrifice, just like God offered up His Son for all of us. This kind of reckless love is what Jesus was looking for on the beach (John 21:15), when He asked Simon Peter, “Do you love Me more than these?” Three times Peter was asked the same question.
Remember, Jesus wasn’t talking about the fish or Peter’s life of being a fisherman, when He asked, “more than these?” He was pointing at the other disciples, because a few days earlier at the Passover table, Peter boldly declared, if all the other disciples leave and deny You and run away he wouldn’t, even if it cost him his own life. This question was a reckless love question, that was twice asked in front of the other disciples. Jesus wanted the other disciples to hear Peter’s response, but He was looking at Peter’s heart, was it open and broken, repenting for words spoken in arrogance and pride or was he still a strong willed man. The dialogue of love words went like this. Jesus asks Peter, “Do you Agape (unconditional and complete love) Me more than these?” Peter’s response, “You know, I Philio (fond and friendship love) You. The second time the same words were used, “Do you Agape Me, You know I Philio You. But the third time when just Jesus and Peter stood alone, Jesus asks Peter, “Really do you Philio Me, in essence said am I truly your friend, to which (John 21:17), says Peter was grieved. Jesus word’s hit the mark, his heart, he got it. Lord you know all things: you know I love You. At this point Peter came into agreement with what Reckless Love requires…sacrificial love.
Jesus is asking us the same question, “Do you Agape (unconditionally love) Me more than all the these in your life?” Jesus could’ve asked Peter any question on the beach, “will you still serve Me or do you still believe in Me?” But He asked, do you love Me. This was about love that’s found in a sacrificial love. A love that’s willing to leave anything and everything behind and press on toward a higher calling. That’s Reckless Love, (Phil 3:12-14), love that realizes, “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect: but I press on, to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own. Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Question: Have you felt like a lost lamb and found yourself running away from the very thing you needed most in your life? Do you really know your loved?
Key Thought: God’s Reckless Love is one of the most amazing Love Stories ever told. It’s a love that looks at heart’s and challenges all our thoughts. It’s a love that keeps asking Do you love me.