Friday, October 21, 2022
In the third and final letter from John, truth is once again evidenced in his thoughts.
John is writing, in part, to commend a man named Gaius. John said of Gaius that he was walking in the truth and that he was being faithful in providing support for strangers who were traveling around sharing the gospel (perhaps like modern day missionaries?).
While there are many who are called to travel around sharing the gospel – to be missionaries – most of us are not. That doesn’t excuse us from the responsibility of the Great Commission (Mark 16:15, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”). We can all come alongside those who are called to do such work by providing prayer, encouragement, and financial support. This makes us the “fellow workers” that John talks about in verse 8.
John then goes on to contrast the faithful and loving behavior of Gaius with the selfish and subversive behavior of Diotrephes. In verse 11 he tells Gaius, and us, “do not imitate evil but imitate good”. It’s not enough to just not imitate evil, but it is commanded that we imitate good. The one who does good is from God.
-Todd & Amy Blanchard
- Do you know who the missionaries we, as a church, support? You can learn about them and our organization for supporting them, Lord’s Harvest International here: http://lhicog.com/
- Who do you know that you could imitate? How?
- Are the choices you make (attitudes, actions, words, etc.) worthy of imitation?