July 3rd 2010

Not So Strange Strangers

5th in a series based on 3 John

“…you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers, even though they are strangers to you.”
3 John 5 (NIV)

All of us have brothers and sisters we don’t know.

In the scripture above, the apostle John is writing to his friend Gaius. It appears that Gaius had been sent on a mission to people he did not know. Paul commends him for being faithful in the absence of any previous relationship with these strangers.

How are you when it comes to entering a room full of strangers? It can be awkward, can’t it? Gaius probably had to do just that. There is, however, something to note. Although he had not met them before, they were believers and thus had a common bond. Though they were strangers, they were part of the spiritual family of faith. Jesus pointed out to his disciples that, “whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother” (Matthew 12:50).

Next time you visit a congregation that is new to you, or you go to a Christian conference or festival where there are so many people you don’t know, think about how we are all part of the household of God. Though they may be strangers to you, they are not strangers to God.

We are part of a worldwide family.

Father, thank you that in Christ we are no longer strangers to you, and that together we are part of the family of faith. In his name.

Study by James Henderson 

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