The dictionary defines “reckless” as utterly unconcerned about the consequences of some action; without caution; careless. Some antonyms for reckless are prudent, cautious, and calculating. Which group of definition best describes your Christian life right now? Are you reckless for your Redeemer . . . or calculating?
Many Christians today are far from living recklessly for their Redeemer. They like to play it safe and live inside well-established zones of comfort. They play it safe with their time, talent, and treasure, living only a portion of the life God is calling them to live. They are sold-out for comfort rather than Christ.
Those who are redeemed and reckless are easy to spot, because their lives don’t seem to make sense—not just to unbelievers but to Christians also. They do things for Jesus that most can’t even imagine doing. They worship openly. They serve whole-heartedly. They give generously. And they do all this without any thought of what they will receive in return. That’s because they don’t do what they do for a return; they are living out their unqualified, unquestioning love for their Redeemer. This is reckless living, and it is the life Christ has called each of us to live! Asked what is the most important commandment of all, Jesus replied:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:28-30)
Let me make something perfectly clear. The reckless Christians I am speaking about—at least those who live in the United States—are not likely to rise to the level of commitment evidenced by the early Christians, or those today around the world, many of whom live in Muslim or Communist countries and are beaten, imprisoned, tortured, separated from their families—even killed for their faith. Scripture commends the tenacious faith of such as these:
They were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted, and mistreated—the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.
However, if our reckless living for the Redeemer never rises to this level, may we who are living in relative comfort for Christ begin making decisions that will cause the watching world to sit up and take notice of our commitment. Let them see us as the world once saw Abraham, Noah, Esther, John the Baptist, and countless others: as recklessly, incautiously committed to our Redeemer! This kind of full-throttle Christian living puts us in good company . . . and puts our great and glorious God on display for all-the world to see.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!