Love with All Your Strength (Week 6: FIRST)
As people striving to love God with all that we have and all that we are, we are called to love God with all our strength — with what we have much of and with those things that we value and cherish most. Loving God with all our strength means loving him with our “muchness" and using whatever resources are at our disposal to serve him. It also involves learning to rely on his strength in moments of inevitable weakness.
Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 12; Isaiah 40
At one point in his ministry, Jesus is asked the question “Which is the most important command?” Another way to read that would be: “Of the more than 600 commands in the Jewish text, which is first?” Jesus answers, “The most important one is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'” (Mark 12:30) This series digs into that command piece by piece as we examine what it looks like for believers today to live out this “first” command.