3 John 1 The elder, To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth. 2 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. 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. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
As the apostle John wrote this letter, it’s obvious that the letter is to his friend, named Gaius. It’s also obvious that this man was faithful and it showed. Since Paul is writing to him, it would seem that Gaius is a man of influence in the church. Leadership isn’t always a matter of position. It is sometimes a matter of the influence of the example of your life. That’s the kind of reputation that demonstrates Christ and inspires others to be like that.
Another man mentioned in this chapter is a guy by the name of Diotrophes. He didn’t have such a sparkling reputation. He was definitely a Church man, but didn’t have the evidence of being a Jesus’ man. There is a difference. Most of those critical people outside the church speak of hypocritical Christians, but don’t really speak against Christ Himself. Why? Because Jesus’ reputation is wonderful unless we mess-it-up by wearing that name undeservedly. Diotrophes kept people out of the church and sought to be a controlling Church boss. His example brought a bad reputation to himself and perhaps to the church because outside and inside people knew he was an attender (and leader) at that church.
A third man mentioned in this chapter is Demetrius. This man is well-spoken of. He also has a reputation and that reputation has impressed John, so that John mentions him as an example to others.
Where do you fall in this rundown of people in the church? Would others see you as faithful? Is your life and faithfulness in the church obvious to others? We would all strive to not be like the second man, Diotrophes. This message will have each of us considering what we portray as we live and worship in God’s Church