Wednesday 18 March, 2015

3 John 5-8

5 Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters,[a] even though they are strangers to you. 6 They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honors God. 7 It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. 8 We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth.

What a wonderful encouragement Gaius receives from John – and a public testimony to his servant-hood and hospitality to traveling believers/ministries. John encourages Gaius to keep it up as by offering these folks hospitality he becomes a co-worker with them. Gods’ Kingdom operates so differently, we are to be interconnected, family, no one is to be a lone worker.

I understand John’s encouragement to Gaius to keep up this ministry having been in missions. I know first hand how wonderful it can be to receive hospitality from believers I don’t know but how the blessing goes both ways. They hear what God is busy doing in other places & in the ministry they are enabling and we, by being included in the family meal, the security of their home & hearing how God is at work in their lives and church. We may have arrived as ‘strangers’ but we never left that way.

Lord thank you for the timely reminder of the hospitality that I’ve received in the past and that as Christians we are all interconnected – we can make an impact for your Kingdom, right in our own homes.

Written by Suzie Hodgson

2 replies
  1. Justin Ware says:

    In this passage, I can see that John is encouraging Gaius for what he has done, but also asking more of him.

    Too often I personally feel that once I have done what is right, others should recognise my actions and ask no further of me. I also do this of others – I see that they have done good work and even though there is need in the Kingdom for more, I am hesitant to ask because I don’t want to make them feel that what they have already done was inadequate or unrecognised.

    This passage makes me consider what God’s perspective might be. Perhaps there is Godly wisdom in the worldly proverb “if you want something done, ask a busy person!”

  2. Richard Botta says:

    Hospitality matters even to those who are not familiar to us. Here John commends the treatment of itinerant ministers, teachers who receive no support except from the church.

    John says we are being faithful to God when we support itinerants like this. They are not simply fellow Christians traveling on a holiday these are Christians in ministry, bringing that ministry to the churches they were visiting.

    They were received and supported, even though they were strangers.

    We may not get many personal opportunities to be hospitable to itinerants, especially ones we do not know. However, when we do, we need to be generous hearted. In church we take up love offerings to extend this hospitality.

    What should always be the case is our ‘front footedness’ in hospitality.

    Father may I continually seek to be hospitable, irrespective of the recipient and particularly toward those in ministry.

[comments section is closed]