Recognition. Scripture, reflection and prayer.
3 John 1-8 "The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
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. I was overjoyed when some of the friendsk arrived and testified to your faithfulness to the truth, namely how you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the friends, even though they are strangers to you; they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on in a manner worthy of God; for they began their journey for the sake of Christ,m accepting no support from non-believers. Therefore we ought to support such people, so that we may become co-workers with the truth."
Reflection. Gaius was clearly a man of God. The elder was overjoyed to hear about Gaius' faithfulness and generosity of spirit. Even strangers had testified to his love. Gaius supports others and then sends them on their way 'in manner worthy of God.'
Why not spend a few moments today thinking of someone or some people who have been open, generous and loving towards you. Give great thanks for those who have supported you in your journey of faith. Delight that they have helped you on your way 'in a manner worthy of God.' And, why not drop them a line or give them a quick call or text to say thank you that they showed you Jesus. If you can do this for someone, who probably doesn't realise that they have been a help, that would be wonderful. It would be one example of how we 'support such people.'
Prayer. Lord Jesus, thank you for people like Gaius who reflect your love. They love because you have first loved them. May we be likewise. For.your glory. Amen.