Devotional for Friday, July 24 from Matthew Grzybowski
Hello church family! I am excited to be writing to you for the first time in this format. First off my name is Matthew Grzybowski, I am the Technical Director here at Community. If you cannot put a face to my name that is just the way I have intended for it to be. I really like to work in the background, behind the scenes. If I am doing my job well you will never see me.
I have cycled through about 6 different things I wanted to say today and I have finally landed here and I just want to share with you what god has done in my life during this pandemic:
We have done so much work to the house! We stayed busy, we added a 5th bedroom into the basement, converted one of the bedrooms to a home office, painted the kitchen cabinets, built a new deck and a fence. I learned to disconnect from my work more when I am home. Spend more time with my children and my wife. I would say our marriage is stronger than it ever has been before. We got to know our neighbors really well. This couple has lived in the cul de sac almost as long as we have and we never took the time to get to know them. Now they are over at our house at least once a week to share a meal on our new deck, our dogs are best friends and my 7 year old can tell you the exact contents of their garage and what it all does. Do you know your neighbors?
We have become socially distant the last several months and yet the easiest people to interact with and get to know are the ones right around you. We have been talking about this thing called 500 Neighbors, Pastor Doug likes to highlight them in his updates and it is phenomenal to see what God is doing through all of you here at Community. I want you to know that there is a very subtle way to show the love of Christ in a very easy way: just get to know your neighbors.
Look at Mark 12, Jesus was asked by the teacher of religious law “of all the commandments, which is the most important?” in verses 29 -31 Jesus replies: “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” When asked to give one commandment Jesus instead chooses to give not just a vertical commandment, to love the Lord our God, but also a horizontal commandment to love your neighbor as yourself. (Leviticus 19:18) He wraps these together stating: “No other commandment is greater than these.” How then can we do one and not the other?
Jesus teaches the parable of the Good Samaritan further communicating that the love mentioned in this commandment is action based: Agapē love. Take a moment to read Luke 10:29-37 and ask God how you can show love to your neighbor.