Text: 3 John 2-8 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Gaius Commended for His Hospitality

2 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul. 3 I was overjoyed when some of the friends arrived and testified to your faithfulness to the truth, namely how you walk in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

5 Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the friends, even though they are strangers to you; 6 they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on in a manner worthy of God; 7 for they began their journey for the sake of Christ, accepting no support from non-believers. 8 Therefore we ought to support such people, so that we may become co-workers with the truth.

Scripture Reading: 3 John 1:2-8

Reflection: In the book of 3 John, John writes a letter that contains a whole paragraph about how Gaius is hospitable to everyone! Can you imagine being known for taking care of those in need so well that it’s documented in the Bible? It would be amazing if during this epidemic people were overwhelmingly generous and kind to each other, to the point that it is documented for future generations.

Prayer:

Dear God, please give us wisdom and strength to act on opportunities to be generously hospitable to others. Amen.

Focus for the Day: Noteworthy Hospitality

Author: Rachel Dudley, Director of Children’s Ministry

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