I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church. Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. 3 John 1:9-11
Today’s devotional will be short and sweet: selfishness is evil. We see this in a man named Diotrophes. He liked to put himself first in everything. Diotrophes would have loved Burger King because they hold out this promise: “Have it your way.” We, too, may fall into the “Diotrophes trap” by wanting our own way in everything. Consider these questions:
In your marriage, are you always wanting your way?
In church, do you want your musical preference/style to dominate the songs we sing?
In any area of your life, do you want to be #1?
Don’t forget today what John is stressing: selfishness is evil. The antidote to selfishness is not more will power, but the power of the Gospel. Look to Jesus when you want your way-
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:4-7
Praying that we never wear #1,