Today at church, my pastor touched on a subject that could have easily gone south real fast. That’s because Pastor Ray covered the topic of how we should watch our hearts and tongues so we don’t hinder those who are doing good by sharing the good news about Jesus Christ. I have to admit that this very small book was a book I didn’t really pay much attention to. But after today, I figured that there is a powerful message in this letter that is addressed to Gaius.
3 John 9-12
9 I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will not welcome us. 10 So when I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, spreading malicious nonsense about us. Not satisfied with that, he even refuses to welcome other believers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church.
11 Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God. 12 Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone—and even by the truth itself. We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true.
As I was reading and listening to the sermon today, I was thinking about how those who are believers and love the Lord should also love our brothers and sisters in Christ. When we show love and kindness to those who love the Lord, we are blessed.
I also imagined what it must have been like to hear Gaius warn Demetrius about Diotrephes about not buying into his evil ways and nonsense. It is like, “dude, this guy is bad news and spreading lies, you need to take care of this since they won’t listen to me!” There are many high muckity mucks that are still spreading lies and are evil to the core. You only have to turn on the news to know this. We need Demetrius in our world and even more we need Jesus.
Christians and churches could probably learn a lot when it comes to how Gaius was dealing with differences that existed among Christians. Gaius was a faithful servant that loved the Lord and helped those who needed help. I would think it would have been super exciting to be part of the winning of souls for Christ and to hear about grace and kindness of others from him firsthand.
Demetrius was for the most part liked by all and respected. This is the main reason why Gaius sent Demetrius. He instructed them to be prepared to bear their testimony to others.
- 3 John 12– Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone—and even by the truth itself. We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true.
I have found over and over again that when I have people around me that are Christian and good examples of Christ, it makes me a better person and gives me a sense of peace and happiness. It is also awesome to know that even though I am far from perfect and I make a ton of mistakes in my life, God still loves me.
I would hate to think that my actions, words or anger would prevent someone from knowing Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savor. I also get a lot of things wrong when it comes to my understanding of the Bible. I have no doubt that when I get to Heaven, I will have a whole lot of things wrong. There has been times I have had falling outs with fellow Christians and usually it is because I misunderstood or they did. I would prefer to say that they did, lol. I think if I would have read this small but powerful book I could have saved a bunch of heartache and hurt feelings over things.
In closing, I just want to say that we must follow that which is good since those who walk in love and are faithful are born of God. It isn’t a good idea to be selfish, proud or wanting to be all powerful. I strive to be a good example of who a Christian is. I hope and pray that people can see that I am a believer and follower of Christ. I find it exciting to think about my connections and interactions with those who are like minded. For myself, I would have a hard time finding life pleasing and happy if I wasn’t around those who are like minded. How awesome it is going to be to see the multitudes that have put their faith in Jesus Christ.
Those who know Christ and are known to be Christians, should be willing to help those around us and share the truth and Gospel with them.