Morning Devotion: Read 3 John

3 John 1:12  ¶Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.

13  I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee:

14  But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.

Here, in 3 John, we have the description of three men. We have Gaius who walked in truth and had great charity toward the brothers and sisters in Christ.

We have Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among the church and refused the brothers and sisters in Christ.

We have Demetrius had good report of all men, and of the truth itself.

What a testimony, this wonderful person had a good report of all men, all men.

That is quite a testimony.

Demetrius was born into a pagan family. We know this because his name is synonymous with the goddess of agriculture. People will name their children after what they believe, experience and know. His parents, in their culture, knew paganism. Much of the known world at that time was in paganism.

Proverbs 22:1  A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

Ecclesiastes 7:1  A good name is better than precious ointment;…

He was obviously saved, because he had a good report in the church and with the Apostle John. That does not happen in the church of the living God unless one is saved.

Another person shares the same testimony.

Acts 16:13  And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.

14  And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.

15  And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.

The Lord opened Lydia’s heart and she served God had had a wonderful testimony as well.

By the way, you will also see, she was baptized after the Lord opened her heart, after the Lord saved her.

Every person saved has come from a worship of sin and self and turned to Jesus. In that repentance and belief, they become a new creature in Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

From that time of salvation, they endeavour to live a life that is commensurate to the faith of Christ.

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

My dear friend, you can have the same thing in your life. You can turn from sin and self and let Jesus change your heart. From then on you can live for Jesus and have a great testimony before God and men.

Serving and living for Jesus only happens after one is saved never before one is saved and, never in order to be saved.

If one were to write about you, would you be a Gaius or a Diotrephes or a Demetrious?

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook