Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sunday Morning With Rich Mullins

Rich Mullins, the great singer-songwriter and man of faith who passed away in 1997,  spent the last 5 years of his life sharing God's love. He lived among people who had nothing, and he shared God's mercy and justice with them. He reached out to those that many in the church find to be unlovable, and he showed them the love and grace of Jesus Christ. His concert tours had but one theme: The Love of God. He once shared these words with an audience:

"Some of us are so afraid that God's not going to look at us, so we're out there doing all sorts of things to get God to take notice. But folks, God notices you. The fact is He can't take His eyes off of you. However badly you think of yourself, God is crazy about you. God is in love with you. Some of us even fear that someday we'll do something so bad that He won't notice us anymore.  Well, let me tell you, God loves us completely. And He knew us at our worst before He ever began to love us at all. In the love of God there are no degrees- there in only love."

Rich wrote a song called The Love of God (see video at bottom for full lyrics) that contains the phrase, "the reckless raging fury that they call the love of God." He found God's love to be so overwhelming, so compelling and so powerful that is was almost overwhelming. It is a love we can never fully understand, but we can embrace. C.S. Lewis once wrote about the Christ-figure Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia that "He is not safe, but He is good." God's love is like that- wonderfully dangerous. I believe it is only when you reach a point in life when you can't imagine why God loves you that you fully understand what Rich was saying. I know that was true for me. We must reach a place where we follow Jesus not because someone explained the nuts and bolts of Christianity to us or because we have taken enough theology courses, but because we understand that God loves us and always has- and always will. So much so that He sent us Jesus! I have written it often on these pages because I have found it to be powerful and true: There is nothing we can do to make God love us more, and there is nothing we can do to make Him loves us less. Our task is to take that love and share it. Unconditional love. Reckless love. Overwhelming love. Scripture tells us, "Beloved, let us love another, for love is of God and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. If you don't love you don't know God, for God is love."  -1 John 4:7-8 

Experience this wonderfully dangerous love. Join with me today and be "glad to have been caught... in the reckless raging fury that they call the love of God."

1 comment:

  1. I love being caught in that raging reckless fury. Thanks for the reminder friend


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