Bible Reading: 3 John 5-8

Beloved, you are acting faithfully in whatever you accomplish for the brethren, and especially when they are strangers; and they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. For they went out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth. 3 John 5-8

In the nineteenth century George Muller was the founder and director of orphanages all over England. Known for his faith and prayer life Muller never appealed for money for his work. He simply prayed to God for the resources. God always met the needs of his orphanages as well as Muller’s personal needs although he never drew a salary.

Hidden in the story of the prayer life of Muller were countless number of people who were moved by the Holy Spirit to financial support Muller and his work with children. Our verses today commend a man like that who was a friend of the Apostle John. A man named Gaius supported traveling ministers and missionaries. He was hospitable to them and gave cheerfully to them from his wallet. Gaius loved men who spread the gospel going town to town dependent on generous believers. These ministers refused to take any assistance from unbelieving Gentiles because they probably did not want to be accused of selling the gospel. So we can see why Gaius is mentioned in the Bible and why John commended him.

In addition to missionaries we support at The Ridge, you probably know of other men, women and agencies who share the gospel. Why not listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit today? Perhaps God will lead you to send a little money with an encouraging note to support them. You may well be the answer to the prayer they are praying.

Weekly Memory Verse: And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” Luke 9.23