BIBLE READING: III JOHN
3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;6 Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:
As week saw in II John how we should walk in truth and love, here in the smallest book of the Bible, we see it applied in the life of Gaius. John is commending him for how he is applying the truth by displaying the love of Christ. What can we learn from this example?
1. We see Gaius’ spiritual well-being. Because of his faithfulness and being an example of the truth that has been taught, he is prospering because of it. In other verses, John wishes him well, that God would continue to bless his ministry. We know the principle, if we are faithful and give our all to Him, God will bless us greatly. This is not prosperity gospel, that all will be wonderful, but God will give the peace, grace and strength we need to further the gospel ministry for Him.
2. We see Gaius’ spiritual ministry. With verse 5, he is hospitable. To everyone, Gaius is ready to serve. Friend or stranger, he has the heart attitude to serve. If we have a true Christ-like attitude of service and hospitality, we are to be impartial like Christ and ever ready. In verses 6-8, Gaius was generous. No matter what the cause or time, he was ready to act. This could be financial and/or time. With generosity, it is trying our best in giving (areas of service or finances) so the gospel could be spread.
3. Last, we see Gaius’ spiritual walk. It is truly evident that Gaius is applying the sharing of the gospel in his life. That couldn’t be truer for us. That applying God’s Word and being ready to share the gospel, ought to always take precedent. What really stands out to me is John speaks of the charity that was prominent in Gaius’ life (Verse 6). To have this type of charity, you must be moved by something, and that is the beautiful Gospel of Christ. The Gospel ought to always move us to love others and motivate us to do what we do. By His grace we were given the opportunity for the gift of Salvation. A Christ like love should move you and I to serve Him, as we walk in truth.
David Fulp II