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From John To Gaius

From John To Gaius

26 August 2009

Scripture:

This letter is from John, the elder. I am writing to Gaius, my dear friend, whom I love in the truth. (3 John 1 NLT)

This morning I’m thinking about how personal God’s Word is. In this short letter, four names are mentioned: John, the author; Gaius, his hospitable friend; Diotrephes, an arrogant leader in the church; and Demetrius, a faithful and truthful messenger.

In the New Testament, six books are addressed to individuals: Luke’s Acts of the Apostles is addressed to Theophilus – “Lover of God” (maybe to all lovers of God?); Paul’s four letters to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon; and John’s letter to Gaius.

I don’t know if there’s a theological point to this, but there’s certainly a devotional point for me…

The Bible is God’s Word. But it’s not just God’s Word in the broad sense, it’s God’s Word in the personal and specific sense. The Bible is God’s Word to me.

I read the Bible every day following a plan that takes me through Old Testament once and through the New Testament twice each year. I read Psalms and Proverbs each month – five Psalms and one chapter of Proverbs each day. I read a list of scriptures that God has used significantly in my life through the years that I call my “Verses for Daily Reading.”

I’m not listing these readings to make a point of how much I read, but to say that I expect God to communicate personally with me with a very personal word from his Word. I invest a significant amount of time in the reading. I read thoughtfully and prayerfully and God communicates with me faithfully and specifically. It’s sometimes encouraging, sometimes challenging, and sometimes confrontational. But it’s God’s personal Word to me for the season and situation.

Prayer:

Father, Thank you for your Word – your Word the Bible and your Spirit-prompted personal word to me each day. Help me to be faithful in applying and obeying your personal words to me. Help me to live by the Word and the words that flow from your heart to my heart each day. Amen.

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