1The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
2Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.
3For I was very glad when brethren came and testified to your truth, that is, how you are walking in truth.
4I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.
My study bible tells me that this letter was specifically written to encourage Gaius, a disciple and friend of John. Discussed in the letter is an issue of traveling teachers and whether or not to receive them. Gaius had received John on his journey and another church leader had not.
While reading this introduction, I think about verses 3 & 4 and what it would sound like if John had written me a letter. Do I walk in the truth? Am I living saved? How do others view me on a day to day basis?
It is good when a teacher sees his students carrying out what he has taught them. As verse 3 makes me wonder how much in the truth I am walking, verse 4 calls me to encourage others. Even though verse 4 refers to John’s students, he is careful not to mention that it was of his doing, or even his teaching. Rather, that they are walking in THE truth. That of God. So then, it seems John is proud of his students, but does not let his pride step in front of God’s glory…something I do way too easily.
So then, where are you today? Are you a student? If so, are you following the teachings? Are you a teacher? If so, are you encouraging your students?