God Won’t Love You Any MORE or Any LESS.
I am a very product driven person. Yes I said it. I am always trying to work harder and longer to get the desired outcome. For some reason I have been like that since I was a child. “I was made to achieve” – that’s a slogan I have drilled into my work ethic. But recently I have had to look into my motives of hard work for the church.
Why do I work so hard?
Blunt, honest answer. I am not looking for the approval of people – definitely not trying to make a name for myself – and certainly not trying to make everyone happy (which is an impossible task). But I am working hard to earn more of God’s love (or at least I have been – that’s all changing).
Growing up in a single parent home left me always searching for daddy’s love and approval. I never heard my father say I LOVE YOU or I AM PROUD OF YOU. I guess in some ways I am still searching for the words. So I work hard for my Father God’s love. I made a wrong assumption: “I thought God could love me more if I am more successful.” The right answer is GOD LOVES ME COMPLETELY AS I AM.
I have wrestled with God and lost – which means I won – and discovered that no matter how big or small our church is – God loves me. No matter how many people I win to Christ or not – God loves me. No matter how known my name is or seemingly unknown – God loves me. You see God does not love us based on what we do – it is based on who He is!
Al Stein, great pastor and great friend, said this to me recently, “Todd, God won’t love you any more or any less than He does.” That was so freeing and so needed.
You don’t have to be anyone else. You are free to be you!
I read a great article by Philip Wagner called “Does the 5 Talent Pastor Reach More Than the 2 Talent Pastor?” (amazing read). Here’s the end: “The ‘2-Talent’ guy says, “Lord. Please talk to me. I have pastored this church for 5 ½ years, and we have 263 people. I’ve just had some key leaders leave the church. Two of my biggest tithers left. Please tell me – something. Am I on the right track? Am I doing what you’ve called me to do?” “ I love the people you have sent to me, I love being in ministry, and I have been faithful with what you have given me. ”
…a whisper comes from Heaven … “Yes, you have. Well done, good and faithful servant.”
GOD LOVES YOU COMPLETELY! Rest in that today.