12/15/16: Send Them Forth

In the early Church, the apostles and others traveled from place to place carrying the Gospel and news about other Christians in faraway cities. Since there was no instant messaging in those days, this news was quite precious. Travel was also quite an ordeal, so being received and sent on their way graciously was very much appreciated.

In his short book of Third John, the apostle addresses the issue of receiving those who were bearing news. Verses 5 – 8 read “Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren and for strangers, who have borne witness of your love before the church. If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well, because they went forth for His name’s sake, taking nothing from the Gentiles. We therefore ought to receive such, that we may become fellow workers for the truth” (NKJ).

Today, news and people travel fast; however, it’s still a blessing to graciously receive and send forward those who bring to us the Gospel and good news of other believers. Those called to itinerate ministries should be heartily supported by those of us who benefit from the sacrifices they make. They spend long hours in the very solitary enterprise of studying, praying, and perhaps writing so the messages they bring us are accurate and inspired.

Travel is not necessarily a picnic either. I just returned to California from Detroit, Michigan where 6 inches of snow almost kept me in the city overnight. Thankfully, out plane was able to be de-iced, and after a 4 hour delay, I was whisked back to the winter-warmth of southern California, although I had to survive the trip sitting next to a dog whose owner had literally bought the seat for it. Like me, God’s traveling servants deal with getting to airports on time, hassling through unpacking and repacking at security checkpoints, stuffing oneself into thin airplane seats, hoping their luggage arrives when and where they do, and then lugging the bags in and out of shuttles, lobbies, elevators, and hotel rooms; all because the spiritual growth of others is that important to them.

Paul reminds us, “…How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15, NKJ) Let’s remember our lay ministers of the Gospel with more than just our prayers. Let’s receive them graciously and send them forward by generously supporting the Kingdom work they do.

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~ by sanewriter on December 15, 2016.

2 Responses to “12/15/16: Send Them Forth”

  1. “The greatest among you must be a servant.” Matt. 23:11 NLT

  2. Thank You for Ministering to us in Detroit. The message was precious and an on time word. Bless you

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