Do You Have Enough Love

And, then, love to God will also strengthen you for service. A man is strong to serve his God, spiritually, just in proportion as he loves God. Love laughs at what men call impossibilities. Perhaps someone here says, “I could never go abroad as a missionary, leaving my native land, and living amongst heathens.”

Brother, you could do it if you had love enough. Another says, “I could never spend my whole life in the back slums of London amongst the filthy and the ragged, trying to raise them up; I recoil from such work.”

Brother, you would not recoil from it, but you would rejoice in it, if you had more love. There is a power, in love to God, which makes that pleasant which, without love, would have been irksome and painful,—a power which makes a man bow down his shoulders to carry the cross, and then find the cross grow into a seraph’s wings enabling him to mount up toward his God.

Only love God more, brother, and you can do anything. You know that, if a thing is very hard, you only need to get something that is harder, and it will go through it; so, if the work is hard, get more love to Christ, and you will be able to accomplish it, whatever it may be.

C. H. Spurgeon, “The Saints’ Love to God,”

About the author

Austin Gardner is pastor of Vision Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA. Previously he was church planting missionary in Peru for 20 years.

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