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Sermon – Love God with all of your Strength – May 16th

Week 5 – Love God with all of your Strength

Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity – Based on book by Mark Batterson

This morning we are continuing and finishing our series based on the ideas in Mark Batterson’s book Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity. We have been working through the Great Commandment as stated in Mark 12:29-30.

 “29The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” NIV

So far we have looked at the first three aspects of Loving God. We started with what it meant to Love God with all of our Heart. Loving God with all of our hearts means that our heart will break for the things that break God’s heart. This will lead us to be passionate about something and to show compassion to others. Having that passion towards something that breaks God’s heart will show us what we were created to do.

Then we looked at what was behind loving God with all of our Souls. We looked at how after God created all that there was, and he wondered at it. God was impressed by the work He did. We to need to be impressed by God’s creation, after all it is the simplest form or worship. Loving God with all of our Souls, means having a soul filled with wonder, a soul filled with awe over God. It means letting God’s words and creation speak to us and move us.

We then moved on to Loving God with all of our Mind. Basically Loving God with all of our mind means making the most of our minds by learning as much as we can about as much as we can. We can spend time studying our Bibles and anything else that God created that interests us. As God’s children we need to worship God based on knowledge and in wonder. Truly Loving and Worshiping God means being amazed by Him and learning all about Him. Each one is critical part of loving and worshipping God. The more we know about him the more we can worship.

As we enter the next section of this series we are going to be looking at the fourth and final aspect of loving God, which is loving God with all of our Strength.

Matthew 25:21 tells us:

21“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ NIV

This is a statement I want to hear from Jesus when I get to heaven. I want him to tell me ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!’ This is something that each of us should strive towards. We should want to hear Jesus telling us that we have done a good job, that He is proud of us, and that He trusts us. The trick here is that Jesus will tell us ‘Well DONE’ which implies that we have acted as He has wanted us to. He will not be saying well learned! Coming to church on Sunday, attending Sunday school, and going to Bible studies are good things. But that is not what Jesus wants us to do. He wants us to be Active Christians.

Matthew 28:19

19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”

Our Lord wants us to Go! He wants us to find what we are passionate about and to just do it! It does not mean we will be perfect at it, we might be afraid, we might not feel qualified, but Jesus wants us to do it. He wants us to share His Love and spread His Word. He will give us the strength to be successful. In this verse, the Great Commission, we are told to not drag our feet, to not wait until we feel ready, we are told to just Go!

Now there are two types of sin. The first is the sin of commission, which is something we are very familiar with. A sin of commission is doing something we know we should not be doing. An example that is regrettably prevalent in our world today is something like adultery. We know this is something that we should not do, they know it is wrong, yet people still do it.

The other type or kind of sin is the sin of omission. It’s all the things we would have, could have, and should have done for Jesus, but for some reason did not.

Matthew 25:26-30 tells us:

 26“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

 28” ‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. 29For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 30And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

There have been times when I have read these verses and think to myself that Jesus is being a little harsh. This servant did not lose anything, he protected it, he kept it safe, and he returned what did not belong to him. Does he really deserve to be thrown out ‘into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth’?

While I may struggle with this at times, it tends to be a reminder that I am not seeing things the way God sees them. Looking at these verses the way God sees them we would see that it is wrong to sit on our gifts and to not use them to grow the kingdom, it is the sin of omission. God has given us many different passions and gifts. He has gifted each one of us to do exactly what He wants us to do. Not using those gifts, not putting them into action is a sin. This is a sin that is easily correctable; all we have to do is follow what He has called us to do. All we have to do is Go!

I have to wonder how many of us have a passion for something but do not know where to start or are afraid of failing, so we do not even try? We think to ourselves how can this happen, I cannot do this, I do not have the resources, and it is not reasonable. The challenge I give each of us this morning is to not worry about all of that, don’t worry about the skills, resources, or even how outlandish it may sound. If God is calling you to do some, go do it.

Remember what it says in Philippians 1:6

6being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

The God who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion! In other words, we do not need all the resources, have all the knowledge, or all of the strength. God will CARRY it through to completion. He will give us exactly what we need when we need it. He will take care of everything, and it turn out exactly as He wants it to turn out. God will take our faithful actions, our steps of faith, and complete them! He will make us successful.

Ephesians 1:18-21

18I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.” NIV

If we break this down we will find that God’s power is incomparably great! We cannot really imagine what God is capable of. So if we turn over our passions to God and do them in His Strength, we cannot truly imagine what God is capable of doing through us. If we give God control and allow Him to work through us, Incomparably Great things will be accomplished. Things beyond our imagination!

Acts 1:8

8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” NIV

We are being told that we will receive what we need to carry out our God Given passions. If we continue to allow Him to work through us in ‘reaching the lost through service to others’ Great things will happen, He will be successful using us as His tools. We just need to let him. If we are looking to Love God with all of our Strength we need to Live in His Strength. We need to Live with God being in complete control, we need to act and let Him fill the holes of our knowledge, resources, and strength.

Loving God with all of our Strength is loving God with all of His strength. It is not about what we can do for God. It is all about what God can do IN us and THROUGH us. God can change our hearts and use us to fulfill His will.

As parents we are proud of our children when they accomplish something they thought they could not do. When they get an A on a test they were struggling with or hit a home run. Our Father is the same way, He is proud of us and gets excited when we accomplish something that we perceive as impossible or beyond our abilities. God loves to see us depend on His power to accomplish something that brings Him glory. Loving God with all of our strength is living our lives going things that require us to depend on His power.

Romans 12:1

“ 1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.” NIV

The simplest or most primal form of love is not doing things for God. It is receiving with gratitude what He has already done for us. Knowing that He has sacrificed for us, knowing that He has made us complete, knowing that He has empowered us, and then living our lives reflecting all that He has already done.  

We need to be great at the Great Commandment! Jesus told us it was the most important one and we need to make sure we do it. We need to love God with All of our Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength.

Love God with all of your Heart – Be open to the thing that God wants you to be passionate about.

Love God with all of your Soul – Continue to be amazed by God and all that He create and all that He is.

Love God with all of your Mind – Never stop learning about God and His creation.

Love God with all of your Strength – Live your life dependent on His strength to accomplish the impossible.

Thank You for reading! Please join us for our Sunday AM Worship Service!

God Bless,

Pastor Robert

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May 16, 2010 - Posted by | Sermon

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