3 John

The Center of Attention

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Ever been around someone who can’t stand to be second or who always wants to be the center of attention? The Apostle John, the one Jesus loved wrote about such a person, named Diotrophes. Here’s what John writes:

“I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept what we say. For this reason, if I come, I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with wicked words; and not satisfied with this, he himself does not receive the brethren, either, and he forbids those who desire to do so and puts them out of the church. Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.” (3 John 9-11)

Take a minute to reflect on this brief passage.

  1. How have you seen the Diotrophes effect played out in churches or ministries?
  2. Imagine the Apostle John coming to your church or ministry. Would he be allowed to speak? Why or why not?
  3. How does this passage impact you?

Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
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