Daily Devotional Thoughts This Week’s Study: 2 John 1:12-3 John 1:8 Monday - I hope to speak face to face. Having many things to write to you, I did not wish to do so with paper and ink; but I hope to come to you and speak face to face, that our joy may be full (2 John 1:12). The joy of meeting face to face is the joy to which the apostle John looked forward.  And that is the experience we Christians also enjoy.  And just think of it!  Eternity full of face to face communion with no limit on time, no sad goodbyes because eternity rolls on, time without end. And perhaps the best part of eternity is the absense of sin, temptation, and the suffering sin brings into our lives.  I wouldn't want to live forever with life the way it is now.  But eternity without the tragedies of this sin-dominated world?  Now I want to be part of that.  I look forward to chats with the apostles as well.  To meet and greet and chat with Paul and John and Peter and Andrew and dear friends who have gone to their rest!  Yes I look forward to that, don’t you? Tuesday - I pray that you may prosper. The Elder, To the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth: Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers (3 John 1:1-2). Gaius is the Greek way of writing the Roman name Caius.  This could be directed to any of several Caius’s found in the New Testament, or, of course, it could refer to someone entirely unknown in Scripture. Often, Christians get confused about prosperity.  On the one hand, some believe, as did the Hebrews of Jesus’ time, that prosperity is the due of one who is close to God.  A poor man, according to this theology would be evidence of a spiritual journey far from God.  That this is false is clearly shown in many places in the Bible.  The other error many make is to believe that having prosperity and wealth is sinful.  The apostle John puts that heresy to rest in today’s text.  “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health. . . .” John is clearly praying for Caius’s prosperity.  (in this context the word “praying” means to fervently hope or desire, and it may include genuine prayer as well.)  Prosperity here most likely emphasises secular affairs, but is inclusive of all aspects of Caius’s life.  John desires that Caius prosper in all areas of life: financial/secular life, his health, and his spiritual side. Today, we need to be praying that prayer for each other.  Lord God of the universe, I pray for our listeners today.  I pray that they will prosper in all areas of their life, I pray that they will be in health, and that about each one you can say, may they prosper, even as their souls prosper, Amen. Wednesday  - Rejoicing in our children who walk in the truth. For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth (3 John 1:3-4). John was most likely an old man when he wrote this letter.  He expresses his joy at hearing reports of the fidelity to truth of his spiritual children.  He wrote, “For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you. . . .”  For one who has lead another to Christ, no greater joy exists than to hear that her spiritual child is walking in the truth. Do you have spiritual children?  Are you allowing God to use you to win others to His kingdom?  Here, in the words of Jesus are our marching orders:  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen (Matthew 28:19-20). May God help us to live in such a way that we will indeed bring many others to Christ.  May we, like the apostle John rejoice in our children who walk in the truth. Thursday  - Others have borne  witness of your love. Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren and for strangers, who have borne witness of your love before the church (3 John 1:5-6a). Gaius’s reputation reached all the way to wherever John was living at the time he wrote this epistle.  The word translated charity, or love, depending on which Bible translation you use, is in the original, the word ag-ah’-pay.  Agape is a charitable, benevolent love, a love that is given without expecting much in return. This is the same agape love which is defined in 1 Corinthians 13. John had been told that Gaius did his work faithfully.  Whether ministering to strangers, or to Christian brothers and sisters, he ministered faithfully. His work was so faithfully done, his benevolent love so consistently given that church members and strangers alike witnessed of his love. Today, we are called to live that kind of love.  To love others with agape love and to do so faithfully that others will  witness of our love, and be led closer to the love of God. Friday/Weekend - Providing for needs of ministers & missionaries. If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well, because they went forth for His name's sake, taking nothing from the Gentiles. We therefore ought to receive such, that we may become fellow workers for the truth (3 John 1:6b-8). Taking care of the financial needs of those who are called to minister full-time for God is something Christians are called to do.  In 1 Timothy 5:18 we read, “For the Scripture says, ‘YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE AN OX WHILE IT TREADS OUT THE GRAIN," and, "THE LABORER IS WORTHY OF HIS WAGES.’”  This verse is speaking specifically about wages for those who labor for God. Now, not all are truly called to minister as full-time professionals.  Don’t misunderstand.  We are all called to minister full-time, but only a few are called to minister full-time professionally, meaning with no other source of income.  Some minister for prestige and glory, some humbly, and for the glory of God.  John’s admonition and affirmation was given to those who paid forward the costs of missionaries sent out to other places.  And he says as we take care of the finances for these sent-out missionaries, we become fellow workers for the truth. It is still true today.  Even as you donate to All Southern Gospel Radio, you are a fellow worker as reach the world for Christ!
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