3 John 9-15
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. 13 I have much to write you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink. 14 I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face. Peace to you. The friends here send their greetings. Greet the friends there by name.
Diotrephes “loves being a leader” (vs 9) – the position of influence is something he enjoys. The Contemporary English Version describes Diotrephes as liking being the “number one leader”.
But – the following comment about him is that he REFUSES to have anything to do with John and his companions and he also refuses to welcome any travelling teachers (including John and his companions) and tells others in the church not to as well – putting anyone who disobeys him out of the church! His leadership is all about power and control – not about care for the sheep entrusted to him.
Reading this passage is very sobering as I write this as a leader also.
Whenever I lead – it must be motivated by love and demonstrated in humble submission to the Lord Jesus and the Godly men and women He has brought alongside me to encourage, support and correct me.
Oh God – don’t let me be impressed with myself but rather help me remember daily the great love you have for me and out of humility help me serve you faithfully as I serve your people.
Written by Ps. Linda Quinn