A couple years ago I found myself in a brief conversation about the “reckless” love of God. The Cory Asburry song using that lyric was getting lots of radio play at the time, and one of our leaders pointed out that God’s love is anything but reckless. God knew exactly what He was doing in the sending of His Son. He knew exactly what it would cost Him. It was calculated, not reckless.
He was, of course, absolutely correct. Jesus entered into that sacrifice with eyes fully open, fully in control of Himself and the world. It was not at all reckless.
In another sense, however, God’s love is absolutely reckless. Think again about the words from our text on Sunday: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy, and dearly loved…” You are already chosen, already holy, already dearly loved. Now that is reckless. It guarantees disappointment. It would be like the boss giving you a stellar performance review and enormous raise before you began your first day on the job. It would be like a teacher guaranteeing every student a 4.0 on the first day of school, before a single assignment had been given. It would be like a mother holding a baby in her arms and giving her heart to that child before the child’s first cry had subsided.
And that is exactly what it is. The love of a parent is reckless. It guarantees heartbreak, disappointment and unmet expectations. With blatant disregard for what it will do to us, we commit to loving our children no matter what.
That is the reckless love of God. A good performance review is nice. A 4.0 feels good for a little while. But being part of a family does more. It defines who you are. That reckless love is an anchor that draws you back when you stray and bends the whole trajectory of your life continually towards Someone who loves you in a way that you could never earn or deserve.
You are not just God’s servant, student, or employee. You are God’s child. Already chosen. Already holy. Already loved.
Trinity’s childcare will be reopening on June 1st with new policies and procedures in place for the health and safety of our workers and families. If you know of families who need childcare, please refer them to our website for more information.
Questions from Quarantine
“Is This the End of the World?”
This three part video study was prompted by internet-rumors that tie the Corona Virus to the book of Revelation and the end of the world. In these studies we look at Luke 21, Revelation 13, and 2 Thessalonians 2 to gain a better understanding of the signs of the end, the Antichrist, and the mark of the beast, as we answer the question, “Is this the end of the world?”
Questions from Quarantine studies can be accessed from the front page of our website (under “Study”) or by clicking here.
Look for a new study to begin soon: “How Do I Fall in Love with My Spouse?”
Robert’s Frozen Custard in Germantown has been a great supporter of Trinity with our dine-out nights and donations of custard. During this pandemic, Robert’s is unable to host their fundraiser dine out nights to support the community because they are unable to operate at full capacity. Now it is time for OUR community give back to them. Let’s spread JOY!
We encourage all Trinity families to grab dinner, custard or both from Robert’s during the week of May 11-17.
Feel free to go as many times as you want, we won’t judge!!!!
Drive thru, call-in orders and curbside ordering is available.
A Personal Thank You
Thank you so much, Trinity Freistadt, for your loving financial support during this time. I have truly been humbled by your generosity! I am grateful to be a part of this amazing ministry and all it has to offer! May God bless you all!
Sincerely, Amanda (and Derek) Saugstad (ECC Teacher)
A new hooded black rain jacket, men’s size large with leather gloves in pockets, went missing from the coat room off the gathering room on Sunday, March 8. Did you take it by accident? Please contact Lou or Chris Giza at 262-305-8378 if you have the jacket. Thank you!
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8
Please take a moment right now and pray for those listed below.
For Missionaries: David & Rachel Baker, Sarah Kanoy serving in East Africa, Hannah Shull (Taiwan)
Our military, serving our country: Sarah Geidel (Reserves), Mark Liedtke (serving in Fort Lewis, Washington), Eric Liedtke (serving on the USNS Comfort in New York), Rebecca Guild (serving in San Diego), Akan Udoeyop (serving in Germany), Madison Kessel Lyon (serving in Germany), Nicholas Zanow (Charleston, South Carolina), Kurt Degner (WI National Guard)
For people in mourning: The family of Roy Pingel
Do you know of others for whom we should be praying? Let us know by sending an email to Trinity@trinityfreistadt.com.
You’re invited to join others in prayer every Sunday (10-10:30 am), Monday (8-8:30 am), and Wednesday (Noon-12:30 pm).