7 For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. 8 Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.
Paul asks us in Romans – How can one hear the gospel unless one preaches? How can one preach unless one is sent? The answer from the days of the early church is to send out missionaries to bring the gospel to a lost and dying world. Even here John encourages the church to support those who are going to the nations. So then there are two kinds of people mentioned here – those who go and those who support those who go. To put it in another way there is the one who is going down into the well and those who are holding the rope. There is a third person not mentioned here – the one who is disobedient. When it comes to getting the gospel out to the unreached peoples of the world we can only be one of two people. We will either here the call and go ourselves or we will take part in being the ones who send out missionaries and support them through our prayers and our finances. My friends, to love your neighbor is to love those who are close by and those who are far off. It is to be concerned for the soul of the one across the street and the one on the other side of the world. Our desire should be that all would one day hear of the glorious salvation found in Jesus Christ. This is not a gift to be received and kept, it is a gift to receive and share. Let’s be mindful of this and consider how we might take part in bringing the gospel to the lost.