Wednesday 19 October 2022

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.

“Do not imitate what is evil but what is good.”

It seems like Diotrephes’s put himself first and above others, all in the name of God. When God is at the heart of what you do and how you treat people, there is little room for selfishness and personal gain. Other people’s wins become your wins, and their losses are your losses.

Perhaps Diotrephes could take a lesson from Jesus: “Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Jesus, You are the author and perfecter of our faith. Help us to follow Your Way and not be tempted by our selfish desires. Thank You for Your truth that guides and corrects us. We praise You forever in Your precious name, Jesus.

Written by Sven Bessesen

2 replies
  1. Richard says:

    Thanks Sven

    Pride is a problematic thing. As is insecurity. Who knows why Diotrephes acted in this manner but it could have been motivated in pride or insecurity, perhaps both. Both are dangerous motivators. I have had to wrestle both, I continue to wrestle both. At their most opportune time they spring up, it is never convenient.

    I have had to learn others have great ideas that are better than my own, a sign of my insecurity the result of being dismissed by others consistently and the feeling of never being good enough.

    Being self aware is a key to kingdom living so that we can allow God to search our hearts for our motivations that we honour Hom and others before ourselves.

    Father, search my heart make me clean it’s your approval I long for.


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