3 John 1:8
“We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.”
There are two types of people mentioned in this chapter: fellowhelpers to the truth and preeminence seekers. Every Christian is one or the other. If you are a fellow helper to the truth, you will not be concerned with receiving the credit for what you have done, because your concern is the truth.
God shows the characteristics of a preeminence seeker through the life of Diotrephes. Preeminence seekers never welcome anyone who they feel is a threat to their position. Preeminence seekers speak badly of others, even to the point of using malicious words just to keep others from taking the glory they think they should receive. Preeminence seekers are never content with the recognition they receive and are always seeking to get more credit for anything that is done. Preeminence seekers attack anyone who might congratulate or help someone else to receive credit for the job accomplished. Preeminence seekers are all about themselves and think that everything revolves around them.
On the other hand, fellowhelpers to the truth are all about helping others to grow in the LORD. You will find that fellowhelpers to the truth are not concerned with receiving any credit or glory, but they are concerned with God receiving all the glory. Fellowhelpers to the truth love people where they are, but are anxious to help them to grow to the point of where they should be with the LORD. One thing you will notice about fellowhelpers to the truth is that they are the core reason any church moves forward to reach their community for Christ. Every Christian should desire to be a fellowhelper to the truth. If you are going to be a fellowhelper to the truth, there are a few things you are going to have to do.
First, you must make being a fellowhelper your mindset. It is more than just saying you are going to help others, but it is a mindset that you live. Being a fellowhelper to the truth must become a part of your character. If you don’t have the mindset to help others, you can never be a fellowhelper to the truth.
Second, truth must become your love to be a fellowhelper to the truth. You must enjoy seeing others live in truth. The satisfaction you receive from being a fellowhelper comes from seeing the LORD bless their lives. One of the greatest joys you will experience in life is seeing those whom you have helped to live in truth be blessed by the LORD. If truth is not your love, you will never desire to lead others to it.
Third, you must be patient with people if you want to become a fellowhelper to the truth. You will quickly learn when you help others that growth is a slow process that takes patience from the one trying to help others to grow. You are going to experience setbacks with those you are helping, but patience and love will help you to nurture others along the way until they become who they are supposed to be.
Fourth, you must become selfless if you are going to be a fellowhelper to the truth. My friend, fellowhelpers to the truth are not focused on themselves; they are all about getting others to the truth. If you want to experience the greatest joys in life, you must become a selfless individual. The greatest rewards at the end of life come from helping others. Let me encourage you to flee from being a preeminence seeker and embrace the life of being a fellowhelper to the truth.