May 21, 2021 – Friday
3 John 1:3 NIV
3 It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it.
Many versions use brethren instead of believers as above, where brethren are fellow believers. Still, we must ask, who is John talking about and who is he talking to in this verse in this very short letter of fourteen verses?
Who is John talking to is easy to answer by simply looking at verse one? To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth. And it turns out, verse three is about Gaius, where some believers came and told John of Gaius’ faithfulness to the truth and how Gaius didn’t just talk the talk but walked the walk when they testified he continued to walk in it, the truth.
We are not told why some believers would come to John and testify about Gaius’ faithfulness, but some did do so, and it was something that gave John great joy. This was a time when there were many false teachers about in the world and ye Gaius adhered steadfastly to the truth. The fellow believers who came to John must have lived near or in the same community as Gaius and were impressed enough with all that was going on to want to report on his walk in the truth.
The truth is the gospel of Jesus and somehow in Gaius daily life, his actions reflected that truth enough to impress those who traveled to see John. This brings up an interesting question for each of us. If those around us who observed our behavior on a daily and regular basis, what would they report to someone such as John? Would it be that we walked in the truth? Would it be about our faithfulness to the truth? We can, each of us, look at our own lives and provide our own answers. Knowing Jesus sees our actions and lives in full as well as our hearts, should help us to give an honest report. What would it be?
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, Help me to be faithful to the truth and to walk in it every single day. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.