3 John 11 (ESV): 11 Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.
John was writing to Gaius to thank him and encourage him in his practice of receiving traveling preachers and supporting them in their ministry.
John contrasted Gaius’ faithfulness with Diotrephes who was self-focused, refused the authority of the apostles and refused to show hospitality to traveling ministers.
In these verses, we see discipleship in action: practicing one’s faith by putting it into action, helping others with real needs and imitating those who living as disciples of Christ.
Heavenly Father, I want an alive, practical faith that imitates Christ and his followers in demonstrating love in action for others. Amen.