He is so rich in kindness that He purchased our freedom through the blood of His Son, and our sins are forgiven. He has showered His kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. – Ephesians 1:7-8 NLT
Several years ago, a young boy was dropped from a high-rise project building in Chicago. After the boy’s death, a counselor began working with his younger brother. It was learned the little boy raced down the stairs immediately after his brother was dropped. The counselor asked him what he was thinking as he ran down the stairs. The loving little brother said, “I was hoping I’d catch him before he hit the ground.”
Likewise, God’s love and grace is always extravagant. He doesn’t believe in “a little dab’ll do ya” philosophy. To the natural man, God is foolish. Who would sacrifice his own Son for such a wretched mess of humanity? God’s love is unfathomable, unthinkable, irrational, impractical and unreasonable. Thank God, it is! Jesus lovingly and willingly shed His life’s blood in order to wash away our sins. He suffered the pains of abandonment, shame and torture, as well as physical and verbal abuse because He hoped to catch us before we hit the ground. Oh, how He loves you and me.
Why are we not pouring out every drop of love and grace He’s given us back onto a world in desperate need of both? Is it illogical to love an apathetic, indifferent world whose humanity never returns the favor? Yes, it is, but that is the essence of Christ and His love.
How extravagant is your love?
“Lord, thank you for loving me so extravagantly. Thank you for catching me before I hit the ground. Help me to catch someone today who is still falling. Bless me with the opportunity and the means to catch them by your grace and love before they hit the ground. Amen.”
Now go and do likewise.
Kenny Ashley is pastor of The Journey in Lake Wylie.