Beyond the Gospels: 3 John

Today’s Scripture: (No link needed today. Read the verses below.)

This letter is from John, the elder. I am writing to Gaius, my dear friend, whom I love in the truth. Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.  Some of the traveling teachers recently returned and made me very happy by telling me about your faithfulness and that you are living according to the truth.  I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.

3 John 1:1-4 NLT 

The church staff often goes to lunch together and as we were gathering one Monday there stood Patrick, Cassie, and me (Stacy). Di walks out of her office and says, “Look at you guys… my kids. Serving God in this way. It makes me proud.” We smiled and walked on but these words in 3 John are a lot like hers. What greater joy is there than seeing someone you’ve mentored, loved, and encouraged become faithful followers of Jesus? How happy it makes us when someone we’ve prayed for continues to serve God and live out their calling!

Take a moment today and consider those who’ve mentored you along your faith journey. Give thanks for them. Now think of those you have encouraged and loved in the faith. Praise God for using you in their lives!


Lord, may I know the greater joy of knowing my children,
both biological and spiritual, are walking with You
and following the Truth.
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