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Love God with All Your Strength

May 24, 2018

“You shall love the Lord your God…with all your might.” Deuteronomy 6:5

The word might or strength in Hebrew literally means “much-ness.” Love God with all your “much-ness”! It means your substance, your possessions—all that God has given you.

Jesus spoke with a man (see Luke 18:18-25) who had lived a moral life and felt that he had kept all the commandments—no murders, no adultery, no stealing, and he had cared for his parents. The man thought he had kept the law, but he had missed the whole point of the law, which is to love God with all your heart, soul and might, and your neighbor as yourself.

So Jesus challenged this man to love God and his neighbor with his much-ness. He told him, “Go and sell all you have. Give to the poor and come, follow me.” What he was saying was this: “You love your much-ness more than you love God. Your much-ness is the idol in your life. Love God with all your much-ness!” But when Jesus said this, the man went away sad.

What are you doing with your much-ness? The way you use your much-ness is a reflection of what you love. What proportion of your much-ness do you think would be a suitable expression of your love for Christ?

Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mat. 6:21). Love God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might—all your “much-ness.”

Considering all that God has given you (much-ness), how can you love him more?

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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