Scripture reading for November 27th: 3rd John
It has been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Our lives as Christians are always examples to those close to us and in our sphere of influence. We are teaching others by our example what following God looks like. If you were to be prosecuted for following Jesus, would there be enough evidence to convict you?
“To my dear friend, Gaius, whom I love in the truth. Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell me of your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth.” (3 John 2-3) John wrote to an elder and personal friend to encourage him. John had been encouraged and filled with joy to hear a good report of hospitality shown to preachers of the gospel by this elder. He was setting a good example and was commended.
“I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, would have nothing to do with us. So, if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, gossiping maliciously about us. Not satisfied with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church. Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good.” (3 John 8-11) In contrast to Gaius, Diotrephes was a bad example. He was not showing hospitality and was tearing down the brotherhood and church unity through gossip. He was an abusive church leader who needed to be exposed and corrected! Bad examples often spread their evil! Imitate what is good!