Overwhelming love

April 13, 2020

Scripture Readings

In the “computer” of your mind, open your “God” file. Over the years, we form ideas and opinions about what God is like — some accurate, some not so much. Now, “select all,” hit “delete” and open a new document.

Imagining you know absolutely nothing about God, slowly read Luke 15. Here, you’ll meet a God who loves you deeply, pursues you relentlessly, longs for a relationship with you and is jubilant when he finds you. 

The three parables of “lost things” in Luke 15 each make the same point, but with a different metaphor. Whether we relate to a lost sheep, a lost coin or a lost son, the point is that outside a loving, forgiving relationship with God, we are all spiritually lost, alone and without hope. 

Jesus came for one reason — to seek and to save lost people. God is actually looking for you! He is persistent, infinitely patient and utterly accessible. His arms are open, outstretched, welcoming. His posture and his message never change: “Come to me, and I will give you rest”.

The more you study these and other parables of Jesus, the more you will discover that Jesus is genuinely drawn and attracted to the lonely, unsuspecting, undeserving and irreligious. He longs for you to be found. And he is jubilant at your redemption. 

Eugene Peterson’s (The Message) son closed the eulogy to his father last year with this: “For fifty years you’ve been telling me a simple secret, Dad: “God loves you, he’s on your side, he’s coming after you, and he’s relentless.”

“Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God. O, it chases me down, fights ‘til I’m found leaves the ninety-nine.” (Israel Houghton)

Now, look over your new “God” document and Save As: “Overwhelming Love.” This is God —absolutely consumed by his seeking love for you. No matter how lost, lowly, or unlikeable you perceive yourself to be. You are found, forgiven, accepted and celebrated. Live in his embrace today and may your life be changed forever.

Jerry Orthner

Our official "Alpha" male, pastor of adult ministries