Reckless Abandon—sounds extreme, doesn’t it? This phrase is often used to describe the life of a Christian totally sold-out for God. The truth is: it’s a great way to describe it. But there’s more weight to this idea than many see at first.
Read Psalms 62 and Isaiah 6:1-8.
Isaiah and David both describe times when they were filled with God to the point they needed nothing else. David talks about trusting God in everything; even when he was being opposed, he found refuge in God. Isaiah describes his deep surrender and devotion that resulted from seeing the Lord and His mercy. This fullness of God’s presence causes a Christian to be totally dependent on God and totally unconcerned with anything else. This reckless abandon doesn’t mean you are empty; it means you recklessly abandon all of your natural wants, needs, and common sense so you can be filled to the fullest with God. Our common sense says our needs need to come first, but someone totally filled with God says God must come first before all things. This Christian will accept no other way.
Read Luke 9:57-62.
These people were concerned with common sense just like we often are, but Jesus was calling them to give up their lives for a life in which He lives through them. They were still looking back to their old lives, but Jesus was calling them to the new life He gives us.
One wanted to go back and bury his father, who had probably died recently, and another just wanted to go back and say goodbye to his family. These seem like logical requests to us. The thing that’s often forgotten is that our common sense is flawed and selfish, always looking back to us, but God is perfect, loving, and just. Jesus was showing us that to follow Him effectively we have to love Him and be in Him so much that if we feel Him call us, we forsake all others and run to His side. When we finally jump off of our common sense, we are caught by the hands of God and placed on the only solid Rock. This is something we can only do with God’s help, so we need to pray that He will continually pull us farther from our common sense and deeper into Him.
We also have to be careful not to only follow God because we think it is the logical thing to do. We need to come to the place that, in light of Who God is, we can choose no other option.
“He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, ‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.’”—Luke 22:41-42.
This doesn’t mean we will live void of trials, but we will be in a much better place to stand them than if we trusted our common sense, letting it distract us from our Father and His will. Jesus’ prayer on the Mount of Olives shows this. We need to be filled with Him and let His indwelling transform our lives, every piece and part. It is God’s will that Jesus be exhibited through us.
God truly is all that matters. God is enough, and God is our everything. Do you accept, embrace, and believe this?
Thank God for His great forgiveness and grace for you. Ask Him to help you know Him more, to grow you in Him, and that He will be the only One that matters to you!
If we’re not willing to give it all, are we ready to give at all?
I never knew what they meant by “reckless abandon wrapped in common sense” before now. 🙂