Today’s Reading | 3 John
Who are you Like?
Who do people say you remind them of? The answer to that question could reveal a lot to you about yourself. John shares in this short book that we are to imitate what is good. That is, we ought to remind people of good things and good people. We should not be imitating people or things which are wrong. John uses Diotrephes as an example. He was someone who obviously imitated evil. John tells us that he was a man who loved to be first. He must have been a very selfish man if others observed this in him. Would people in your world describe you this way? John also wrote that he was someone who gossiped maliciously about others. What conclusions would we come to if we listened to what you talked about today? To make matters even worse, Diotrephes refused to welcome other brothers. Do you? When someone new comes to your unit, do you reach out to him and make him feel more comfortable? Diotrephes wouldn’t have. Does this sound at all like you? It is shameful to be known as this man was. What kind of reputation do you have? Do your friends think of you as selfish or unkind?
In what ways are you like Diotrephes?
In what ways are you unlike Diotrephes?
What can you do to make your life less like this man’s life?
In light of this passage, what personal commitment can you make?