We have read much about Godís love, and our love for one another in Johnís letters. In this third and final letter, John praises his friend Gaius for a particular aspect of his demonstration of love Ė his hospitality.
Gaius has shown love for his Christian brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers. These people are evidently preaching the gospel and travelling from place to place, relying on the hospitality of other believers. John says that they have received nothing from non-believers, which is only right as salvation is a free gift, so it is the responsibility of those in the church to provide that support.
Gaius is held up in comparison to Diotrephes, a church leader, who will not welcome John when he visits, and refuses to allow hospitality for other believers too. He warns Gaius not to follow his example.
In 1 John 3, we read about the perfect example of love that Jesus set for us all to follow: he lay down his life for us. It is likely that all of Gaiusís hospitality did not come without some sacrifice. It can be hard to freely give away what we feel is our own. Yet who will make it possible for the gospel to be sent to unbelievers if it is not those of us who already have our salvation? Whether at home or abroad, we cannot afford to neglect this ministry or those who perform it.
There are those who go and preach the gospel, and those who make it possible for them to do so. Gaius was one of the latter. Which are you?