God’s Reckless Love Reaches to the Lost Sheep

Cory Asbury has been a part of Bethel Music Collective since May 2015.

He also serves as the worship pastor of Radiant Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Asbury’s third solo album, Reckless Love, just released yesterday!

You can hear his song Reckless Love on Resound Radio. In the meantime, here’s a YouTube link.

Asbury’s inspiration for this song came from Luke 15, in which Jesus told the parable of the lost sheep.

He says, “Jesus demonstrates the recklessness of his love in going after that one lost sheep. He knew he had to leave the 99 to find that one, but it was supremely important to him to find that one and he would do anything that he could to get a hold of that one heart.”

I’m a commuter student and everyday on my way to Cedarville, I pass by a sheep farm. Sheep are my favorite animals in the whole world, so it’s really hard to keep my eyes on the road.

Often, the sheep are all leaning over a hay rail, eating or they’re cuddling together by the barn. These sheep are so cute, but most of all, they look secure and satisfied.

When I first heard the story of The Lost Sheep, I thought that the shepherd was somehow endangering the other 99 when he left them in pursuit of the lost sheep. But that’s not true. There weren’t fences in Bible times, but the 99 sheep were right where they were supposed to be. So when the shepherd went after the runaway sheep, he knew that the others would still be safe.

Jesus is our Good Shepherd. The 99 sheep represent Christians that are in the fold of God. Jesus’ going after the one doesn’t leave the 99 in danger. He knows the 99 are safe and recklessly pursues the one that is lost.

Cory Asbury says that at one time, he was the Lost Sheep.
“And for me, that’s the story of my life. He came after me when I was broken, when I was lost. A young kid with regret as deep as the ocean. He found me; he took me by the hand and put a new song in my mouth. That song is about the wildness of his love; the recklessness of his love.”

God is willing to do whatever it takes to pursue us with his reckless love.

As Asbury sings,
There’s no shadow you won’t light up
Mountain you won’t climb up
Coming after me
There’s no wall you won’t kick down
Lie you won’t tear down
Coming after me

What does God’s reckless love look like in your own life?
Do you have any favorite lines from “Reckless Love?”

Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Thanks so much for reading!

New Music | Unfinished by Mandisa

“Unfinished” by Mandisa

By RaeAnn Jent

Mandisa started her music career on season 5 of American Idol. Some of her most popular songs are Stronger and Overcomer. The album Overcomer released in late 2013 and Mandisa admits that she disappeared from the music scene for a few years. In a YouTube video, Mandisa explains that Overcomer was inspired by a close friend who was battling cancer, who sadly passed away shortly after the album was released.

After her friend Keisha passed away, Mandisa began to question and doubt God’s goodness. She went into the deepest depression of her life and stayed there for many years.

As God helped Mandisa out of that dark pit, she was reminded of Philippians 1:6 (NLT) which says,

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”

Mandisa explains “that Scripture in Philippians 1:6 has become a lifeline for me when I start to get so worried and anxious about everything I’ve done wrong.”

Instead of living in shame and regret, we can trust that God is working in our lives.

Mandisa finishes the video with these awesome words,

“It’s not how many times you fall down; it’s how many times you get back up”

“You’re not a failure, you’re not a mistake, you’re just unfinished.”

I’m so excited that Mandisa has been working on new music. Her press release team announced Saturday that Mandisa’s new album Out of the Dark will be available on May 19th!

Unfinished is such a great reminder that God’s not done with us yet. We often make the same mistakes and live in regret time and time again. Yet, no matter how much we fail, He’s still working on us.

In Hebrews 13:5, God has promised to never leave or forsake us. He has amazing plans for your life and wants to walk alongside you and help you to fulfill the dreams He’s given you. God never abandons us to try to figure out life on our own. He gives us room to mess up, but offers us second chances time and time again.

When we call out to God, He’s there. In our best moments, He’s there. In our struggles, He’s there.

You may have doubts, insecurities, or shame, but don’t let it define you. In God’s eyes, you are a masterpiece- beautiful, valuable, and unfinished.

You can hear Mandisa’s new song “Unfinished” on Resound Radio.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ejycllx5iwA