5 Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are,
6 who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God.
7 For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles.
8 Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth. – 3 John 1:5-8
In these verses, we see two exemplary kinds of people: those who engage is missions and those who support the missionaries. These missionaries were those who had gone out for the sake of Christ. And they were accepting nothing from those to whom they were preaching, perhaps to make it clear they weren’t after money. They sacrificed much to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. These are exemplary people who deserve to be sent on their journey in a manner worthy of God.
The second exemplary type of person is he who support these missionaries. Gaius, above, was so loving to the missionaries that the whole church heard about it. And they were strangers, no less. It’s easy to be hospitable to friends, but to provide support to a stranger that is worthy of rave review is exemplary. And we ought to provide this kind of support to missionaries, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.
You may or may not be called to cross borders and cultures to preach the cross of Christ. But we collectively are called to that. It is our mission, not just the missionary’s mission. We must, therefore, all participate in some way, whether that’s going, or giving, or housing, or anything else that we can do for the sake of the mission, and more importantly, for Christ’s sake, who died for us and commissioned us to this work.
God, help us to fulfill Your mission, for which you have saved us.