3 John 1: Are You A Doer Of God’s Word?
Verse of the Day: (V5) “Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;”
1. Doer (V1-8)
V1 “The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.”
Apostle John expressed his love in the truth for Gaius, and wished him materially, physically and spiritually well, because he was truly a doer of God’s holy Word. Gaius would faithfully and diligently do and fulfil God’s Word and commands as he demonstrated his great love and hospitality to God’s preachers, people and even strangers.
V2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
2. Diotrephes (V9-11)
V9 “I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.”
Do not be surprised and shocked when your church leaders behaved badly as Diotrephes was an example of an ungodly leader who was proud and unfriendly, and he was only a hearer, but not a doer of God’s Word. Indeed, we may wonder why a righteous God allow such wicked leaders in the church, but let us be assured that He shall eventually judge the church and her people if it is truly His church and His people. Let us not be weary in well doing as the churches and their people shall eventually reap what we sow.
V10 “Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.”
3. Demetrius (V12-14)
V12 “Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.”
Indeed, there are always godly and ungodly churches and leaders. Demetrius was a godly leader as he demonstrated his love and hospitality for God’s preachers, people and even strangers. Let us also learn from Apostle John that the best communication is close and personal, and the best way to show our love and care for others is to know their names.
V14 “But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to be a doer, and not just a hearer of Your holy Word.