Love God With All Your Strength

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength…Love your neighbor as yourself. Mark 12:30-31

Loving God with all your strength means to love Him with the whole of your strength or the extent of your ability. 

Read the following quote about what weightlifters require of themselves when they decide to train to the extent of their ability:

While Weightlifters compete partly to determine who is the strongest among them all, most weightlifters use the competitive venue to challenge themselves - to see how far each one of them can go in terms of developing their mental and physical strength. No one is born strong enough to become a Weightlifting champion, and many champions began their careers with very ordinary strength levels. The excitement and challenge of Weightlifting stem from seeing the tremendous improvements that one can make in ones' strength and technique (as flexibility, speed and coordination are very crucial factors in of weightlifting success, along with strength). (

So what are some "weightlifting techniques" that we can apply to our desire to love God with all our strength?

1.  Finding a focal point - Hebrews 12:2 says, Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

2.  Learning the lift one part at a time, then building on each of the parts to complete the lift - Romans 5:3-4 says, Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

3.  Training with other lifters - 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.