What do you believe? What will you support? What will you invest in? What matters enough that you will take action? What message will cause you to move forward? Don’t be stuck sitting on the sidelines believing the lies that you can’t make a difference! Can you go? then go! Can you send? then send! Can you give? then give! Can you pray? then pray! We each have a part to play and God has prepared in advance the good works He has for us to do, so let’s take hold of it and accomplish His plans and purposes for, in, and through our lives! Let’s not just be hearers of the Word, let’s be doers of the word today!
Today’s reading comes from 3 John. Let’s take a moment to read through it together:
Greeting1The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.2Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 3For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. 4I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
Support and Opposition5Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, 6who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. 7For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. 8Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.9I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. 10So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church.11Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God. 12Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. We also add our testimony, and you know that our testimony is true.
Final Greetings13I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink. 14I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.15Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends, each by name.–from 3 John
Let’s walk out our lives in the truth! Let’s stand up for what is right! Let’s help those in need! Let’s imitate good! Let’s resist the temptations of the devil! Resisting will cause him to flee! Let’s allow the peace of God which surpasses all understanding guide and guard our hearts! Let’s share that peace with the people around us that in and through it all God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory.
Today’s reading from The Global Impact Bible on Acts of Mercy concludes our April theme. Today’s subject is Supporting Missionaries and focuses on 3 John 5-8.
Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.
This weekend we had the blessing of having a guest speaker Dr. Joseph Dimitrov who leads Continental Theological Seminary in Europe. It gave us the opportunity to support and invest in this effort. We read in today’s devotional about how today’s verses encourages us to support fellow workers. We need to be supporting those who work around the world be it spiritually in prayer or financially by giving or in person by going. The example they give us in today’s ready is of Global Outreach International. They send out missionaries who are supported by churches and others around the world through health care, water and sanitation, education, pastoral training, establishment of churches, orphan care, and agriculture. How will you allow God’s blessings into your hands to flow through in order to bless and provide for those who are sharing the Good News? What can you do where you are at today? What has God given into your hands in order to be a conduit? Are you to share the Good News yourself with the people around you? Are you supposed to give to people who are going out into the world to share the Good News? Are you supposed to pray for those who will be challenged, persecuted, or are struggling? Are you supposed to pray for those who are going out into the world to be salt and light? Whatever your calling, let’s not sit on the sidelines but rather let’s jump in and accomplish God’s purpose and plans for our lives!
I thank You Lord for this new day and for everything that will be in it. Help me Lord to step out of my house and walk out Your purpose, plans, and will for my life into the workplace I am heading into. Help me Lord to have a good attitude and to respond in a way that will bring You praise, honor, and glory. I know that Lord, in this world I will have troubles but I am not worried because I know that Jesus has overcome the world. I know Lord that I can consider it pure joy when I race trials of many kinds because You will work in and through it so that in the end I will complete and lacking nothing. Help me Lord to take control of my responses which is what I can control so that today Lord You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.