3 John 3-8
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
The overall theme of this epistle is commending faithful servants who provided support to missionaries as they deliver God's Word. Two such persons in today's scripture is Gaius and Demetrius while Diotrephes is an example of a person who failed to help missionaries. The principal of providing support for our missionaries began in the early church and is carried on today.
What is so important about these two men is that they themselves were faithful servants in that they provided whatever they could to support the missionaries as missionaries and other ministers of the gospel is worthy of our support. It must be noted that whatever we give to support missionaries and ministers of the gospel must be done to please God (v.6). This is because what we do unto others we do unto God. Also, we are blessed to be a blessing. It has been discussed in an earlier writing that the more we give the more God give back to us. This brings into focus yesterday's discussion "Prosperity Through Christ."
The characters highlighted in our text highlights the faithful individuals and the church as they saw the good works of missionaries as these persons are instrumental in carrying the gospel of Christ the world over while the unfaithful fails to see the good work of missionaries and ministers. In Matthew 10:41 Jesus Christ Himself sanctioned supporting missionaries as many have left family and friends and sometime the entire family is serving as missionaries.
Missionaries and ministers are worthy of our support as they proclaim the gospel of Christ.
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