3 John 1; Ezra 7-8; Psalm 94
What do people say about you? I don’t mean the people who don’t know you who start gossiping about you behind your back. I mean the people who know you well. The people who see you every day. If your spouse, or parents, or children were being honest about you – what would they say?
John reminds one of his dear friends what people are saying about him. “It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth.” (3 John 3) Perhaps these words were unsolicited because those who spoke of this friend knew that John was concerned. Perhaps they were responding to John’s question. In any case, note the glowing praise that John has to relate to his friend!
Gaius, the friend, is faithful to the truth. When John talks about truth, he is talking about living under the leadership of Jesus Christ. He is not a Sunday morning Christian who lives his faith in church and then abandons it so that he can get along in the world. He continues to walk in the truth. He lives each day showing his love for God and people recognize that.
I pray that were people to see my pastor, my wife, or my family that they could say the same about me. May I always live in faithfulness to the truth of Jesus Christ. That’s the reputation I want to have – not only with family and friends, but also with God. How do you want people to remember you?
Lord God, Your way is always the best way. Help me to find Your way, the truth, in any and all situations and give me the grace to live according to the truth no matter what the consequences may be.