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Good Ministry Examples

3 John 1:12-14
Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone – and even by the truth itself. We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true. I have much to write to you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink. I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face. Peace to you. The friends here send their greetings. Greet the friends there by name. (NIVUK)

After warning Gaius not to follow the ungodly example of Diotrephes, a proud and controlling church leader (3 John 1:9-11), John points to Demetrius as a reliable role model in ministry. That man was transparent to the church; he had no hidden agenda, he was a servant of Jesus Christ whose ministry was endorsed by the apostles.

Such men are a blessing to the church, not only by their fine godly service but because they inspire others to use their gifts in a way which pleases the Lord.

John's final greetings show that he is a relational man, a true elder and pastor. Letters were necessary because of being in two different locations, but he longed for the opportunity of personal fellowship again with Gaius. He wanted to encourage this man to keep walking in the truth (3 John 1:3-4). Yes, he was a loved brother, a trusted worker who was well respected; but John wanted Gaius to grow more and more in Christ and learn how to serve Him better.

Other believers influence us more than we can know. Without soaking in God's Word and praying, we cannot properly understand how much of their example is good for us to follow. We can be so easily misled. And yet, when we do find a person whose integrity is transparently godly – that is a good role model to copy. In the same way we all provide an example for others. Let us be sure that it is a good and godly example, then we can encourage other believers.

Father God. Thank You for the good examples of Christian living around me. Forgive me when I do not appreciate the value of godly believers as role models to help me grow in faith. Please give me a discerning heart and a hunger to follow the good examples You have placed around me, so that I can learn to walk in the truth with You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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