3 John 1

Author

Mark Ramirez

Scripture

3 John 1:1-15

Observations

  • John is writing to his friend and brother in the Lord, Gaius.
  • John was encouraged by the reports he received from others that Gaius was living a faithful life according to the truth. John experienced joy whenever he heard of his spiritual children who continue to walk in truth.
  • One thing Gaius was faithful in doing was taking care of teachers who were passing through where he lived. Though he did not know them, he cared for their needs.
  • These teachers were happy to tell others of Gaius’ faithfulness.
  • John commended Gaius because he was meeting the needs of those who traveled for the Lord. They would not accept help from unbelievers, so it was up to other disciples to meet their needs.
  • John then talks about a man named Diotrephes, who appears to be using his leadership for personal gain.
  • Diotrephes refused to have anything to do with John and made evil accusations about him and others.
  • Unlike Gaius, Diotrephes refuses to take care of the needs of traveling teachers, tells others to do the same, and kicks people out of the church if they try to help them.
  • John urges Gaius to not be influenced by this example, but to keep doing what is good.
  • The children of God will be proven by the good they do, while those who do evil will prove they do not know God.
  • John then speaks of a man named Demetrius, who people speak highly of. His actions/life is the truth to back up people’s positive testimony about him.
  • John wanted to speak more, but in person rather than via letter. He hoped to meet face to face soon and sent the greetings from Gaius’ friends. He asked that Gaius also greet the friends in his area.

Application

John writes this letter to encourage his friend to take care of those whose needs are met by the Church. Some did not see the need, and actually opposed the helping of these traveling teachers. Am I open to helping those in ministry? Sure, there may not be traveling teachers like in Gaius’ day, but am I keeping an open hand to provide for those in ministry that I know personally? Am I the first one to jump up and offer my home if a missionary comes into town? While I may not be “bad” in caring for others, there is always room for my heart to grow in caring for other.

Prayer

Jesus, I thank you because I recognize that you have been faithful to meet my needs. I do not go without and I am blessed. I pray that you would open my eyes to see those around me whose needs are met by the gospel. Would you help me to be more open to what you are calling me to do every day, amen.

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