Morning Devotion: Read 3 John

3 John 1:9  I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. 10  Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church. 11  Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

As you reread verses 5-8 you will find Gaius was a faithful helper, sustainer and witness of God’s love to the brethren and strangers who were of the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ. He simply loved other believers and did what he could to be a blessing for them. He housed them, fed them and helped them along their way.

Here, in verses 9-11, we find John writing about another fellow named Diotrephes. He was one of these guys that liked to have the attention on himself. He was the guy that wanted to be the big shot in the church.

Paul warned about these guys in the book of Acts. Acts 20:29  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

Jesus did so as well. Matthew 7:15  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Diotrephes was the wolf; he did not want John nor his letter to be received in the church. He wanted to be the boss over and above the word of God and the leadership God provided for the church.

3 John 1:9  I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.

He was totally the opposite of Gaius.

In every church there will be a plethora of different people, some good, some bad. Every church is to be comprised of born-again believers. Every pastor endeavours to insure only those who are saved are members of the church. However, some get in that are not what they are supposed to be. Only the Lord can see the heart, the pastor can only see the fruit. There are some guys who are good at hiding their bad fruit. It is then that the wolves in sheep clothing enter in. That is where the problem is.

I remember going to a church in Michigan to preach. The pastor was not there when I arrived. Later I found out that he was starved out of the church by a Diotrephes and his wife. They had control of the money in the church and did not pay the preacher when he preached the whole counsel of the word of God. Later, I visited that church again: When I arrived, I met with the new pastor. He and his wife and two little girls were at the dinner table crying because that old Diotrephes was doing the same thing to them. He was starving this man and his family out of the church.  

Later that church called me and wanted me to be the pastor. I said, I would never even consider being so until they got rid of Diotrephes and his wife. Diotrephes are terrible people who love to have the preeminence.

We must remember, the pastor is there to watch over you, for you, to preach and teach the whole counsel of God’s word, the easy and the hard stuff. He is there to preach and teach the goodness and the severity of God.

Hebrews 13:7  Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

Hebrews 13:17  Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

In every church there will be a bunch of different people, some there to learn about Jesus, seeking salvation, some are there who are saved and some who are not. There will be those who are like Gaius and love the brethren and those who are like Diotrephes who want to be the big shot.

When you go to church, keep your eyes on Jesus, he is the reason your there. Listen to you’re your preacher because he watches for your soul. He will preach and teach you what is right and warn you against what is wrong.

Pray for your pastor. Be a blessing to your pastor and support him.

If you are one of those seeking to be saved, go to the Independent Baptist church and meet the preacher ask him to show you how to be saved. He will show you Jesus.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook