Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, – 3 John 1:5
Notice John’s own brotherly love toward Gaius. He calls him “beloved“. Gaius is one of John’s disciples it seems, one who has been walking in the truth, and John has great love for him. Oh, would that our love for each other today would be like that!
John goes on to say that it is a faithful thing that Gaius does in all his efforts for these brothers. We don’t really know who these brothers are. They seem to be missionaries, perhaps sent out by John. Whoever they were, they had given a good report about Gaius. They told the church that he was walking in the truth and they spoke highly of his love. Gaius was probably housing the missionaries and laid out his best hospitality.
And what makes his efforts even more notable is that these missionaries are strangers. It’s easy to show love and hospitality to old friends. It’s even more of a faithful thing when it’s shown to total strangers.
Gaius showed love and hospitality toward these strangers for no other reason than that they are brothers, members of the family of God. You see, Christians have been adopted by the Father in Christ, and so we are actually brothers and sisters. As we’ve bleated before, we should act like it. Notice how this love extends not just to the Christians with whom we’re well-familiar, but even Christians we don’t know or did not previously know. We have a deep bond in Christ.
Sheep, wouldn’t you like to have it said of you, Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are?