Supporting Christians, even Strangers | Morning Routine for September 1

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth. —3 John 4–8 (ESV)

What parent, teacher, or leader doesn’t love a good report about their children or students? John has heard a report: his ‘children’ are walking in the truth. And nothing in the world has brought him greater joy than that. 

In the letters of First, Second, and Third John, the author often refers to his readers as ‘children’ as a term of endearment. John has a pastor’s heart and writes affectionately to his readers, admonishing them to remain and walk in the truth. In today’s text, he goes on to specify one aspect of their faithful walk: they are supporting fellow Christians or ‘brothers’ who they do not know. Why should we support fellow Christians we do not know? John says, “…that we may be fellow workers for the truth.” 

When we support and provide for fellow believers, regardless of how well we know them, we show ourselves to be fellow workers for the truth. Hospitality and Christianity go hand in hand. What ways can you provide support to brothers or sisters in the Lord outside of your circle of friends? How can you encourage your students or children to walk in the truth in this way, as well? Let us be marked by our love for one another.