Ben Blog

Recently, here in the Central Division, we have had our Central Youth Conference (CYC). It was such an awesome time and so encouraging for me as a youth worker to see the Holy Spirit moving amongst so many young people. I thought I would take the opportunity with this blog to cover some of the highlights of the sermons.

One point that stuck with me was the idea of building ‘spiritual muscle’. When you are using your phone, you don’t wait for it to die before you charge it; it might get to 20%, or 50% or something when you charge it. The same kind of thing applies to our spiritual lives. Yes, going on camps and to conferences and the like will recharge your ‘spiritual batteries’ to 100%, but if you do not attempt to sustain your relationship with God after the event and are just waiting for the next camp you go on, then you are like the person who lets their phone die before they recharge it. You are letting your spiritual life slip and fall off the cliff. Instead, you must keep connecting with God in your own time, and experience God at home, not just at camps and conferences. When you take the time with God at home, you become like the wise person who puts their phone on charge before it dies.

Another point which struck a real chord with me was the ‘reckless’ love of God. Some may say that it is wrong to call God’s love reckless because it is so measured and well thought out. However, I love the imagery of describing God’s love as reckless. To us at a human level, it would seem reckless and dangerous to leave the 99 sheep just to find the 1 who had gone away. To us, we would probably think, “Ahh well, cut your losses. I used to have 100 sheep, but now I have 99 and that’s not so bad.” God is not like this. Once the 1 has gone away, God pursues that 1 until they come back to the fold.

For me, this idea of God coming after the 1 who got away struck a personal chord with me as it reflects on my testimony quite significantly. No matter how much I tried to run from God, and offended Him in the process, he still came after me with His forgiving, reckless love.

Here are the lyrics to the chorus of Reckless Love:

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

Oh, it chases me down, fights ‘til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine

I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still You give Yourself away

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God