Caring for the Lord’s workers

June 7th, 2014

I have been looking at 1, 2 and 3 John over the last few weeks. I have really enjoyed the themes of the books.

One that really jumped out at me from 3 John was his writing to his friend Gaius. John writes complimenting him on his caring for the Lord’s workers who had been teaching in the region.

John tells him of the great reports the workers brought back to him. How they showed loving friendship and provided for their needs even though they were strangers to them.

He also says how another person named from the church named Diotrephes. We read about this in verses 9 and 10…

“I wrote to the church about this, but Diotrephes, who loves to be the leader, refuses to have anything to do with us. When I come, I will report some of the things he is doing and the evil accusations he is making against us. Not only does he refuse to welcome the travelling teachers, he also tells others not to help them. And when they do help, he puts them out of the church.”

There is such a stark contrast in the two accounts of hospitality and caring for the Lord’s workers. One showed friendship and support. The other refused and threatened to put people out of the church if they helped them.

John, who was one of Christ’s close followers, wanted the church to be open to travelling preachers whom he trusted. He knew they would learn and grow as a result of the visit.

It seems Diotrephes wanted to control and be the leader whom everyone looked too and followed. There was no room for “outsiders” and he even tried to discredit the ones who sent them.

I think we can learn a lot about caring for the Lord’s workers from this account.

God Bless,
Dave

 
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