John one of the 12 disciples of Jesus.
John is an old man now. From Ephesus he writes to his friend Gaius to commend him for the hospitality he has been showing to traveling missionaries, many of who John had personally sent to that church.
In a parting comment, John also praises another man named Demetrius for is good works, a man who has earned universal praise.
1:9 I sent a brief letter to the church about this, but Diotrephes, who loves to be the leader, does not acknowledge our authority. 1:10 When I come, I will report some of the things he is doing and the wicked things he is saying about us. He not only refuses to welcome the traveling teachers, he also tells other not to help them. And when they do help, he puts the out of the church.
1:11 Don't let this bad example influence you. Follow only what is good. Remember that those who do good prove that they are God's children, and those who do evil prove that they do not know God.
Hospitality was not only a cultural value but a matter of survival for the sojourning servants of God.
How might you or your church use simple hospitality to show the love of Christ to the people who pass through your community?
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