Reading Gaius’s Mail: Get Off the Bench

“We ought therefore to show hospitality to such men so that we may work together for the truth.” (3 John 8)

We’ll stop reading Gaius’ mail after today, but don’t miss the opportunity in this verse from Gaius’ friend and spiritual leader, the apostle John: You can do something truly significant by helping people in ministry do their jobs better.

reading_350Sometimes we discount what we have to offer God. Maybe you won’t be able to make that mission trip this summer. Maybe you’ll never end up in “full time Christian service.” That doesn’t mean you have to ride the bench in missions or evangelism.

John says that when we show hospitality (or give help and money) to the people out there spreading the good news about Jesus, we “work together” with them. We’re on the team. We’re in the game. Are you in the game?

Think: Do you think God might be calling you to become a pastor or missionary or full-time evangelist for your job? If not, does that mean your life will be less valuable to him? What are some ways you could get in the game with a missionary or pastor or ministry organization?

Pray: Ask God to help you to know how he wants you to contribute to the mission of telling people about Jesus, even if it is by finding ways to help those who do it every day.

Do: If you get the chance, ask a missionary or pastor how important “hospitality-showers” (those who show hospitality) are in the mission of telling people about God’s grace through Jesus.