From Pastor Josh Wamble
Our worship services the past few weeks have had me thinking a lot about 2 John 4—not because the sermon was on that text or because we read that passage during our scripture reading time and not even because we sang a song that reminded me of it. This single verse came to my mind for a whole different reason altogether.
2 John is a small letter that the apostle John is writing to a church that he had either started or been involved with at some previous time. It seems to be the case that John has run into some members of this church, and he gives them a letter to take back to the full congregation. In the letter, he warns them against false teaching and encourages them to continue loving one another the way that God commanded.
In verse 4, John writes, “I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father.” Think of how big a joy it would have been for John, who had not visited this church or seen any of these believers in quite sometime, to discover that they were doing well. They were walking in the truth. They were living lives of love toward one another. They were obeying the command of the Father. John would have been overflowing with joy and thankfulness to God.
The reason I have been thinking about this passage during the last couple of weeks, is that as I have looked around the sanctuary on Sunday mornings or the basement on Wednesday nights I have noticed several people in attendance who have not been around in some time. It does my heart good to see them back here among us seeking to walk in the truth.
However, it also makes me think of many who were walking with us at one time but who are no longer here on a regular basis. It makes me wonder where they are and what they are doing. It makes me long for them to be walking in the truth with us. It burdens me to wonder and think about how we have or have not been pursuing them as a church.
As we look to better ways of doing this, join me and the other pastors here in rejoicing for those who are coming back, praying for those who are not yet, and encouraging those that you see here among us or out in our community.
Pastor Josh Wamble