The Gaius Gifting
Chances are, if you are reading this page, you are aware that I am involved in full time ministry around the world, and I live off the faithful support of friends and family. If you are one of those people who have supported me, I want to thank you. I also wanted to share with you all a few verses about the importance of supporting the ministry.
Ultimately as Christians we are all called to preach the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth. This is the great commission. To preach, make disciples, and baptize. However, the way that looks is different for different people. For me, that is a very physical act. It involves standing in many nations and relating the good news of Jesus to people who do not know it. It involves training and discipling pastors around the world who then turn around and preach the gospel and make disciples of the people around them.
However, maybe that is not you. Maybe you are not able to go and climb up a mountain to reach remote villages in Nepal and India. Maybe you cannot handle taking the gospel into a hostile nation where they can imprison you or worse. I am not saying that everyone will look like me.
In the Bible, not every single person went around the world. There is one such person I want talk about. His name is Gaius. Now, it is entirely possible, you have no clue who that is, and that is ok, because His role in the Bible is found in a small book, and only 14 verses actually have to do with him.
Gaius is the person to whom John’s Third Letter was written to. Verse 1 says, “The Elder: To Gaius, whom I love in Truth.”
You can read the whole book in a matter of minutes, but there are four verses that are important to our topic today. So let’s take a look at them.
“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.”
3rd John 1:5-8
John is writing to Gaius and says, “You do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God.” He is commending the church for how they have supported and blessed the missionaries or “The brethren.” In fact, John says that they are known for it, because the brothers are testifying of the Love that flowed from Gaius and his church.
But John doesn’t simply give them a fist bump or an ‘atta boy’ He goes a step further. He commends than and then says, “We ought to support such men so we may be their fellow workers with the truth.”
When you support the missionaries, you are becoming their fellow worker. You may never stand in the rural villages of China, or on the coasts of the Indian ocean. You may never preach the message of Christ’s redemption and healing power to a leper in India, however when you support and send a missionary, you are a fellow worker.
Missionaries have a call from God to take the message of the cross to the ends of the earth, but they need help. The earth is huge, and it is quite a task to travel all over it. It requires, prayer, supplies, travel, lodging, finances, more prayer, food, wisdom, and more prayer. When you support a missionary, you are aiding in the spreading of the Gospel and the advancement of the kingdom.
This is not a unique concept to the New Testament either. King David had a similar rule during his reign. Let’s take a look.
“So David had captured all the sheep and the cattle which the people drove ahead of the other livestock, and they said, “This is David’s spoil.” When David came to the two hundred men who were too exhausted to follow David, who had also been left at the brook Besor, and they went out to meet David and to meet the people who were with him, then David approached the people and greeted them. Then all the wicked and worthless men among those who went with David said, “Because they did not go with us, we will not give them any of the spoil that we have recovered, except to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away and depart.” Then David said, “You must not do so, my brothers, with what the LORD has given us, who has kept us and delivered into our hand the band that came against us. “And who will listen to you in this matter? For as his share is who goes down to the battle, so shall his share be who stays by the baggage; they shall share alike.” So it has been from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel to this day.” 1st Samuel 30:20-25
David made it a law, that those who went to war got the same rewards as those who stayed at home and maintained the camp. This is an important thing to recognize. Because while you may not serve overseas, as a believer who is active in the local Body, you are just as important to the advancement of the Kingdom. As a missionary I can’t go if there is no one to stay behind and maintain the home front.
You live here, and work here. You tithe and you pay the bills, and you keep the lights on. Your support is just as vital as the missionary who preaches. I thank you for your support. I thank you for maintaining the kingdom at home. I thank you for supprting, praying, serving, and loving. Without you the kingdom doesn’t advance.
All of that being said, We have much on the docket this year. With returns to Meixco, India, Nepal, Israel, The Hopi Reservation, and a whole lot of traveling across the country to minister the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you are able to support me in this ministry, I thank you. I have a whole page set up with info for you, and how you can support me in the work of the ministry. If you are interested in doing so, [click here]
Most of all, I thank you for your prayers, and your love. It is such a blessing to know that there are people who believe in the work I am doing and are willing to invest in Not only the Kingdom of God, but me specifically.