2013-06-30 - Using Godly Common Sense
2 John ~ Part 11
And so John closes his second epistle. He notes he has a lot more he wants to talk to them about, but he wants to say these things face-to-face. Apparently, his concern over this issue took precedence, and therefore couldn't wait for his coming to them.
What is the source of John's joy? How can we find it? And John's joy came from fellowship with fellow believers. His sharing with them in person was much more satisfactory than simply sending them a letter.
He completes this epistle by sending greetings from others. And taking into consideration the fact that we have considered the lady to whom this letter was sent was a local church, then it is safe to assume that the children referred to here are believers in another local congregation, who have close ties to the recipient church of this letter.
A very practical way that my own church carried out this need for care was demonstrated by the board of our old church. When anyone representing a ministry came to us, asking to speak to the body, we had to have a referral from someone we knew. It wasn't enough that they presented a doctrinal statement that was sound. Either we had to have heard them ourselves, or they had to be recommended by someone we trusted. Sure, we probably turned away some who were sound, but our responsibility was to protect the flock, and we would be held accountable if we allowed a false prophet a platform from which to speak. We needed to be wise. As Jesus said:
"I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves" (Matthew 10:16).
We are to use godly common sense. We are to think. And we are to act out of that kind of judgment. Can you think of any specific examples, in your own experience, that reflects the wisdom needed to say no?
To be continued.
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