Love With Your Strength


And you must love The Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength. – Mark 12:30

About a year and a half ago, I was reading Mark Batterson’s book “Primal”. It dealt with this verse as well. When I got to the part about loving God with all your strength, I began to see that I had not been loving Him with my strength. I had loved Him with my heart, my soul and my mind, but I had left out an important part. I had failed to love Him through my actions and abilities. That chapter created the birth of this website.

I had always felt called to write, but never had done anything more than talk about it. I had visions (fantasies) of having never written and somehow I would be granted a book deal. When I read that loving God with my strength meant that I was to use my talents and abilities for Him, I knew I had to start writing. I may never get a book deal and I’m ok with that because I’m doing what He asked me to do. I’m writing in order to love Him with my strength. His approval is more to me than anyone else’s.

Jesus told the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30. A man went on a trip and called his servants together. To one he gave five talents to, to another he gave two and to another he gave one. The first two servants went out, used their talents and doubled their worth. The third dug a hole and carefully buried the talent given to him. When the man returned he took account of what they had done with what he had entrusted to them. He partnered with the first two and took away the talent from the third. The attitude of the third is what I want to look at because it’s what I saw in the mirror.

In the Message in verses 24-27 the conversation went almost like I had been with God. The servant said, “Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless… I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place.” Unfortunately, that was my attitude about what God had given me. I didn’t want to mess up so I just sat on it waiting for the day to come when He asked for it. The master’s response is what motivates me now. He said, “That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least?”

When we don’t love God with all our strength, we are doing less than the least. We are putting our pride of how others will critique us over our obedience to what He asked of us. As He put it, that’s a terrible way to live. Each of us have been given an ability to do something for God no matter how great or small. We can’t all be a Mark Batterson, Max Lucado, Billy Graham, Mother Theresa, Chris Tomlin or Darlene Zschech, but we can be who God called us to be. We can love Him with what He gave us instead of burying it because we’re not as good as the best out there.

What talent has God given you and called you to use that you’re sitting on? It’s time for you to dig it up and start investing it in the Kingdom. It’s time to love God with your strength.

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6 responses to “Love With Your Strength

  1. Alonso Pedroza

    “His approval is more to me than anyone else’s.”
    Great blog and statement. It helps me realize not everyone will like me for how I am, what I do, and for what I stand for. The only one I should seek approval is God. Thank you for reminding me of that.

  2. Very timely post for me- I feel like you were describing me. For years I only wrote for myself, but God’s been showing me that it’s a gift I’m meant to share. I may never be on the New York Times Best Seller list, but that doesn’t mean God doesn’t want me to use my gift for HIS glory!

    Thanks for speaking confirmation to me today. God bless.

    • Amen! I believe once most of us grasp that thought we’ll really begin to advance the kingdom. We all want to be great and well known, but don’t want to be great and little known. I used to struggle with how few people read my posts. Now when I write, I pray, “Lord, I’ve done my part. I’ll let you do your part. Bring those who need to read this to my site and I’ll be satisfied with one if that’s all you want to read this.”
      Thanks for sharing.

  3. I can so relate to this post. I seek to be obedient and have to trust God and His purpose when I don’t see an immediate response or outcome for my efforts. Yet, if only one person is affected positively then His work is done.

    Sometimes I wonder if His intent in my blogging was to be encouraged by other bloggers. Iron sharpens iron. Your posts are always edifying to me and I look forward to reading them. Something you write today may impact someone a year from now. When we obey God, we’ve done our part.
    Be Blessed!

    • I’m wired the same way. I expect an immediate response to my obedience, but that rarely happens. I like to say that someone else is waiting on your obedience. We won’t fully know until we get to heaven what our obedience produces. In the meantime, like you said, it always feels good when at least one person is affected positively.

      I love the scripture of iron sharpens iron. I have found many other bloggers like yourself who show me different perspectives and encourage me. Keep doing your part and God will keep doing His!

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