2 CHRONICLES 8, 3 JOHN, HABAKKUK 3, LUKE 22

3 John 5-10
"For they have gone out for the sake of the name." 3 John 7

These two men, Gaius and Diotrephes, remind me of the parable in Matthew 24:45-51. Jesus explained how believers are to live as we wait for His return. In His example, two servants are judged by the master upon His return by the way in which they treat their fellow servants. One servant is "wise, " and the other is "wicked." The wise servant feeds the other servants while the wicked servant, thinking the master would delay His return, began abusing the other servants and partying. Jesus says the wise servant will be honored with a position of responsibility, while the "wicked" servant will be cut to pieces and placed with the hypocrites. John praises Gaius and promises to deal with Diotrephes.

Notice in verses three and four, John describes Gaius’ action as "walking in the truth." So, what is Gaius doing that qualifies as "walking in the truth?" He is supporting however possible those who "have gone out for the sake of the name." Gaius was providing for the traveling evangelists even though he did not know them. John describes his action as "worthy of God." Both Gaius and the "strangers" were fulfilling Paul's instruction in Colossians 3:17, "Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

John says "we ought to support people like these." I know he is referring to Gaius helping the traveling evangelist, but it seems this instruction would also apply to supporting Gaius. I often think if someone else is meeting an immediate need everything is okay. It is easy to see the need for the "strangers" but fail to see that Gaius may need help also. His efforts to assist may create a hole in his life that needs filling. 1 Peter 4:10-11 says, "As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace...in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ."

Master, I desire to be a wise servant. Please give me eyes to see beyond the initial need of those who walk in the truth. May I use the gifts You have given me for the glory of Your name.

Habakkuk 3:17-18
"Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will take joy in the God of my salvation."

Every time I read Habakkuk 3:17-18, I think he must be in Hebrews 11. Habakkuk's name is not on the list of the faithful, but with that statement he is deserving. His declaration of trust comes after, "I hear, and my body trembles; my lips quiver at the sound; rottenness enters into my bones; my legs tremble beneath me. Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us." Habakkuk knows judgment is coming upon Judah and Babylon, and he trembles at the thought. But he will wait quietly no matter what happens rejoicing in the LORD.

Sovereign LORD, may I exhibit the same trust in You as Your servant Habakkuk. No matter what; I will rejoice in the LORD and take joy in the God of my salvation.

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