23 And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.
24 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.
What comes to mind when you hear the word “reckless”?
For most of us, when we think of someone or something being reckless, we think negatively. In many cases, this is appropriate as it is dangerous for someone to be reckless with their words or behind the wheel of a vehicle. However, Jesus called His followers to a form of recklessness that is more extreme than any other in one sense, but also more secure than any other in another. Jesus called His followers to reckless love for Him.
This love is reckless in the sense that there is no cost too high to pay in pursuit of this goal. As Jesus stated in these verses, the reward is higher than we could ever risk. This means that there is no possession or relationship on earth that holds more value than our relationship with Jesus. Admittedly, this reckless love is a scary proposition. In considering how we are called to love Jesus and follow Him, we are called to count everything else in our lives as loss in comparison.
However, this reckless pursuit of Jesus is also the most secure pursuit in life. As we seek to follow Jesus with our whole lives, we acknowledge that He is over all things and we can trust Him, even in the most daunting moments.
Jesus was clear in this passage that this reckless love is a daily choice. Even as we pursue reckless love for Jesus, we are continually tempted to return to reckless self-preservation. We must seek to continually deny ourselves and pursue true life that is found in Christ alone.
• What do you find it hardest to submit to Christ fully?
• How does this passage remind you that there is nothing worth more than pursuing Jesus with your whole life?
• Pray that Jesus would lead you deeper into reckless pursuit of Him. Ask that you would realize the areas you have held back from His authority and submit them in humble repentance.