Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:37-38
Read: Matthew 22:34-40
Listen: Matthew 22
Jesus knew the religious leaders sought reasons to kill him. They desired to trap him by asking what the greatest command of the law was. Jesus responded with an expected answer: the first and greatest command is to love God with all your heart, soul and mind. Then he added a twist with a second-high command to “love your neighbor as yourself.” This would have stung the religious leaders who sought to elevate and take care of only themselves.
We have the opportunity to live out these love commands in this season. While it’s unrealistic for everybody to look out for everybody, everybody can look out for somebody. Consider delivering groceries to older neighbors stuck at home, mailing letters to those living in care facilities, texting or video chatting friends or sharing some extra supplies with a local food pantry. We can all find opportunities to serve and love as Christ has loved us.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Who are you looking out for? Ask God to help you identify someone you can assist this weekend. Ask the person how they are really doing and how you can help. Then take a practical step to serve them. Find opportunities to serve in the greater Grand Rapids area at adabible.org/bethechurch.
Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.