"For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth." 3 John 1:3
John was hearing wonderful testimonies about Gaius. He was hearing from others how he loved the brethren, showed them hospitality, was faithful and lived the truth. This lets us know that others are watching our lives. They are noticing what we do even when we aren't aware of it. In Gaius' case they had only good to say about him, because he was living by the truth-- God's word.
What are they noticing about your life? Are they seeing faithfulness? Love for all? Are they seeing your good works which glorify your Father in heaven? Do you have a good name among them-- it is greater than riches? Or do they see hypocrisy? They hear you say one thing but do another. Do they see someone who is selfish and self-centered; uncaring, hard-hearted, cruel? Do they see someone who is trustworthy or dishonest? Someone who can be counted on or someone who will let you down? Just what do they see from your life? They are looking.
Whether you believe it or not, you are being "watched' and what they see influences them. We are all an influence on someone- either a good influence or a bad one. The only sure way to be, and know you are being, a good influence is by following Christ. When we pattern our lives after Him, when we seek to follow His will for our lives, when we determine to live the way His Word tells us to live, when we walk in the Spirit, when we surrender to His Lordship, then we are becoming the influence we should be in this world and before all who see us. When we seek first His Kingdom and righteousness, all these things will be added unto us-- including the ability to be a good influence.
Have a great day. What do they say about you, based on what they see?
For further reading:
Matthew 6:33; 5:16
Proverbs 22:1; 27:2
3 John 1:1-6
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